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Victor Vasarely

Hungary Born in: 1906 Bestsellers Masterpieces
Movement: Op' Art

Victor Vasarely is a French-Hungarian painter. He was born and raised in Pecs, Hungary, then studied medicine in Budapest. In 1927, he abandoned medicine and opted for traditional academic painting instead. He trained in Hungary at the Pololini-Volkmann Academy and in 1929, he enrolled at Sándor Bortnyik's "workshop", which was widely recognized as the center of Bauhaus studies in Budapest. By 1931, he was established in Paris and worked in advertising from 1936-44 where he designed important graphic works deriving from his own semantics. In 1944, he participated in the founding of the Denise René gallery, which he inaugurated with his first exhibition. A series of portraits executed in 1946, testified to his preoccupations in a post-Cubist spirit, but sometimes curiously "exploded": Seven Years of Misfortune.

Vasarely's excellence in drawing was quickly noticed. In 1929 he painted his Blue Study and Green Study. In 1930 he married his fellow student Claire Spinner (1908-1990). Together they had two sons, Andre and Jean-Pierre. In Budapest, he worked for a ball-bearings company in accounting and designing advertising posters. Victor Vasarely became a graphics designer and a poster artist during the 1930's who combined patterns and organic images with each other.

He studied at the Bauhaus Muhely in Budapest and in 1930 emigrated to Paris where he developed his particular vision which stems from the idea of democratizing the art object. Influenced greatly by the problems of the world's cities, he feels his work offers a solution by presenting a clear view of the "color-surface-perception" relationship.

Vasarely left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930 working as a graphic artist and as a creative consultant at the advertising agencies Havas, Draeger and Devambez (1930-1935). His interactions with other artists during this time were limited. He played with the idea of opening up an institution modeled after Sándor Bortnyik and developed some teaching material for it. Having lived mostly in cheap hotels, he settled in 1942/1944 in Saint-Céré in the Lot département. After the Second World War, he opened an atelier in Arcueil, a suburb some 10 kilometers from the center of Paris (in the Val-de-Marne département of the Île-de-France). In 1961 he finally settled in Annet-sur-Marne (in the Seine-et-Marne département).

Over the next three decades, Vasarely developed his style of geometric abstract art, working in various materials but using a minimal number of forms and colors.

He has used the income from the sale of these "investigations," as he calls his prints, to establish a socio-cultural foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France, for the study of the integration of plastic beauty at all levels of the urban environment. He is represented in major museums all over the world and has received many artistic and honorary awards. Among these distinctions are the French Legion of Honor, the Guggenheim Prize, and the Gold Medal of the Triennale in Milan.

On 5 June 1970, Vasarely opened his first dedicated museum with over 500 works in a renaissance palace in Gordes (closed in 1996). A second major undertaking was the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence, a museum housed in a distinct structure specially designed by Vasarely. It was inaugurated in 1976 by French president Georges Pompidou. Sadly the museum is now in a state of disrepair, several of the pieces on display have been damaged by water leaking from the ceiling. Also, in 1976 his large kinematic object Georges Pompidou was installed in the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Vasarely Museum located at his birth place in Pécs, Hungary, was established with a large donation of works by Vasarely. In 1982 154 specially created serigraphs were taken into space by the cosmonaut Jean-Loup Chrétien on board the French-Soviet spacecraft Salyut 7 and later sold for the benefit of UNESCO. In 1987, the second Hungarian Vasarely museum was established in Zichy Palace in Budapest with more than 400 works.

He died in Paris on 15 March 1997.

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Victor Vasarely, Kezdi Ga, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kezdi Ga, 1970
29.75 x 27 inch
Print

$ 2,500

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986
40 x 66 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 350,000

Victor Vasarely, Kroa II, Sculpture

Victor Vasarely

Kroa II, 1968
12.2 x 12.2 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 19,600 $ 28,000

Victor Vasarely, Ferde, Print

Victor Vasarely

Ferde, 1980
32 x 30.5 inch
Print

$ 2,500

Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 1,800

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.9 inch
Print

$ 3,775

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
30.7 x 29.5 inch
Print

$ 3,775

Victor Vasarely, Pink composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink composition, 1980
27.6 x 20.1 inch
Print

$ 1,800

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Victor Vasarely

DIAM, 1988
27.6 x 24.4 inch
Print

$ 15,099

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Blue Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

$ 1,636

Victor Vasarely, Oslop 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Oslop 3, 1989
24 x 21.2 inch
Print

$ 1,233

Victor Vasarely, Garam, Print

Victor Vasarely

Garam, 1972
15.6 x 18.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 1,762

Victor Vasarely, Brown And Yellow Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Brown And Yellow Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

$ 2,013

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Pink Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0 inch
Print

$ 1,636

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 3, 1984
24.4 x 30.7 inch
Print

$ 1,268

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 2, 1984
24 x 18.5 inch
Print

$ 1,170

Victor Vasarely, YKA, Print

Victor Vasarely

YKA, 1989
24.4 x 21.3 inch
Print

$ 1,107

Victor Vasarely, Tsillag, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tsillag, 1986
19.7 x 17.7 inch
Print

$ 981

Victor Vasarely, Sirius, Print

Victor Vasarely

Sirius, 1982
25.6 x 24 inch
Print

$ 1,208

Victor Vasarely, G-Linn, Print

Victor Vasarely

G-Linn, 1951
21.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$ 1,268

Victor Vasarely, Figure géométrique, Print

Victor Vasarely

Figure géométrique, 1988
30.3 x 21.7 inch
Print

$ 944

Victor Vasarely, Heisenberg, Print

Victor Vasarely

Heisenberg, 1979
25.4 x 23.8 inch
Print

$ 1,195

Victor Vasarely, Two Tigers on Green, Print

Victor Vasarely

Two Tigers on Green, 1980
21.5 x 30 inch
Print

$ 1,200

Victor Vasarely, Jindey, Print

Victor Vasarely

Jindey, 1975
26.75 x 26.75 inch
Print

$ 2,400

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, The Juggler, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Juggler, 1977
25.5 x 16 inch
Print

$ 1,500

Victor Vasarely, Untitled from Permutations, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled from Permutations, 1968
27 x 27 inch
Print

$ 2,800

Victor Vasarely, The Skier, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Skier, 1984
33.5 x 24.5 inch
Print

$ 2,000

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
52 x 52 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 350,000

Victor Vasarely, VY 28 A - VP-118, Print

Victor Vasarely

VY 28 A - VP-118, 1972
41.3 x 24.4 inch
Print

$ 3,775

Victor Vasarely, Hyram, Print

Victor Vasarely

Hyram, 1986
29.9 x 25.6 inch
Print

$ 1,887

Victor Vasarely, Fille Fleur, Print

Victor Vasarely

Fille Fleur, 1980
26 x 16 inch
Print

$ 1,200

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Kabba II, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kabba II, 1989
40.4 x 25.2 x 0 inch
Print

$ 2,265

Victor Vasarely, Vega III, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega III, 1980
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$ 4,781

Victor Vasarely, Our MC, Print

Victor Vasarely

Our MC, 1965
26 x 25.5 inch
Print

$ 2,500

Victor Vasarely, Golf Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Golf Player, 1987
13.4 x 9.8 x 0 inch
Print

$ 818

Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
38.5 x 28.5 inch
Print

$ 1,500

Victor Vasarely, Thez, Print

Victor Vasarely

Thez, 1982
36.5 x 30 inch
Print

$ 4,000

Victor Vasarely, Vertigo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vertigo, 1982
26.75 x 22.75 inch
Print

$ 3,000

Victor Vasarely, Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink Composition, 1982
27.5 x 20.25 inch
Print

$ 3,000

Victor Vasarely, Chess Blue, Print

Victor Vasarely

Chess Blue, 1982
17.75 x 15.75 inch
Print

$ 3,000

Victor Vasarely, BI-Rhombs, Print

Victor Vasarely

BI-Rhombs, 1977
43.5 x 26 inch
Print

$ 3,500

Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
22 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 4,027

Victor Vasarely, Optical Cube, Print

Victor Vasarely

Optical Cube, 1975
18.1 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$ 5,000

Victor Vasarely, ATTA, Print

Victor Vasarely

ATTA, 1988
21.3 x 23.4 inch
Print

$ 944

Victor Vasarely, TR-UR, Print

Victor Vasarely

TR-UR, 1980
39.25 x 30.75 inch
Print

$ 4,000

Victor Vasarely, DOR-OR, Print

Victor Vasarely

DOR-OR, 1982
42.75 x 23.5 inch
Print

$ 3,500

Victor Vasarely, Tennis Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tennis Player, 1978
18 x 14.5 inch
Print

$ 1,500

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
33.5 x 29.5 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Dia-or, Print

Victor Vasarely

Dia-or, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1970
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Edetta, Print

Victor Vasarely

Edetta, 1984
30.7 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Vega-Wa, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega-Wa, 1970
19.7 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Opale III, Print

Victor Vasarely

Opale III, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Oerveng, Print

Victor Vasarely

Oerveng, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Laîka, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laîka, 1970
22 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Sonora, Print

Victor Vasarely

Sonora, 1974
22 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Konjunktion, Print

Victor Vasarely

Konjunktion, 1987
22.4 x 21.3 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Red And Green Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Green Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Striped Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Striped Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Red And Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Blue Composition, 1989
27.6 x 22.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

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