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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, Mixed Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Blue Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,631

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
132.1 x 132.1 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$350,000

Victor Vasarely, Deep blue composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Deep blue composition, 1980
76 x 56 cm
Print

$1,800

Victor Vasarely, Garam, Print

Victor Vasarely

Garam, 1972
39.5 x 47.8 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,756

Victor Vasarely, Mixed Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Pink Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,631

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
78 x 76 cm
Print

$3,764

Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
78 x 75 cm
Print

$3,764

Victor Vasarely, Pink composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink composition, 1980
70 x 51 cm
Print

$1,800

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, DIAM, Print

Victor Vasarely

DIAM, 1988
70 x 62 cm
Print

$15,055

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 3, 1984
62 x 78 cm
Print

$1,265

Victor Vasarely, Tsillag, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tsillag, 1986
50 x 45 cm
Print

$1,229

Victor Vasarely, Oslop 3, Print

Victor Vasarely

Oslop 3, 1989
61 x 53.8 cm
Print

$1,229

Victor Vasarely, Heisenberg, Print

Victor Vasarely

Heisenberg, 1979
64.5 x 60.5 cm
Print

$1,229

Victor Vasarely, G-Linn, Print

Victor Vasarely

G-Linn, 1951
55 x 40 cm
Print

$1,265

Victor Vasarely, The Skier, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Skier, 1984
85.1 x 62.2 cm
Print

$2,000

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Operenccia, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Operenccia, 1986
101.6 x 167.6 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$350,000

Victor Vasarely, Golf Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Golf Player, 1987
34 x 25 x 0.1 cm
Print

$815

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Zebra No. 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Zebra No. 2, 1984
61 x 47 cm
Print

$1,167

Victor Vasarely, YKA, Print

Victor Vasarely

YKA, 1989
62 x 54 cm
Print

$1,104

Victor Vasarely, Kezdi Ga, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kezdi Ga, 1970
75.6 x 68.6 cm
Print

$2,500

Victor Vasarely, Jindey, Print

Victor Vasarely

Jindey, 1975
67.9 x 67.9 cm
Print

$2,400

Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
97.8 x 72.4 cm
Print

$1,500

Victor Vasarely, Kerisle, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kerisle, 1972
48 x 40 x 1 cm
Print

$1,192

Victor Vasarely, ATTA, Print

Victor Vasarely

ATTA, 1988
54 x 59.5 cm
Print

$941

Victor Vasarely, Les années cinquante 2, Print

Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 2, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,384

Victor Vasarely, Les années cinquante 8, Print

Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 8, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,384

Victor Vasarely, Les années cinquante 7, Print

Victor Vasarely

Les années cinquante 7, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,384

Victor Vasarely, Ferde, Print

Victor Vasarely

Ferde, 1980
81.3 x 77.5 cm
Print

$2,500

Victor Vasarely, Fille Fleur, Print

Victor Vasarely

Fille Fleur, 1980
66 x 40.6 cm
Print

$1,200

Victor Vasarely, Our MC, Print

Victor Vasarely

Our MC, 1965
66 x 64.8 cm
Print

$2,500

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, The Juggler, Print

Victor Vasarely

The Juggler, 1977
64.8 x 40.6 cm
Print

$1,500

Victor Vasarely, Golfer, Print

Victor Vasarely

Golfer, 1980
45.7 x 36.8 cm
Print

$2,000

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
37.5 x 25 x 1 cm
Print

$690

Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
37.5 x 25 x 1 cm
Print

$690

Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
37 x 25 x 1 cm
Print

$690

Victor Vasarely, Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Composition, 1961
37 x 25 x 1 cm
Print

$690

Victor Vasarely, Thez, Print

Victor Vasarely

Thez, 1982
92.7 x 76.2 cm
Print

$4,000

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Vertigo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vertigo, 1982
67.9 x 57.8 cm
Print

$3,000

Victor Vasarely, DOR-OR, Print

Victor Vasarely

DOR-OR, 1982
108.6 x 59.7 cm
Print

$3,500

Victor Vasarely, Tennis Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tennis Player, 1978
45.7 x 36.8 cm
Print

$1,500

Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
56 x 50 cm
Print

$4,015

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Kabba II, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kabba II, 1989
102.5 x 64 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,258

Victor Vasarely, Kaglo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kaglo, 1986
85 x 76 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,882

Victor Vasarely, Optical Cube, Print

Victor Vasarely

Optical Cube, 1975
46 x 46 x 3 cm
Print

$5,000

Victor Vasarely, Vega III, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega III, 1980
60 x 60 cm
Print

$4,767

Victor Vasarely, Kaglo, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kaglo, 1986
80 x 70 cm
Print

$1,255

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Tennis Player, Print

Victor Vasarely

Tennis Player, 1980
45.7 x 36.8 cm
Print

$2,000

Victor Vasarely, TR-UR, Print

Victor Vasarely

TR-UR, 1980
99.7 x 78.1 cm
Print

$4,000

Victor Vasarely, Pink Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Pink Composition, 1982
69.9 x 51.4 cm
Print

$3,000

Victor Vasarely, Chess Blue, Print

Victor Vasarely

Chess Blue, 1982
45.1 x 40 cm
Print

$3,000

Victor Vasarely, BI-Rhombs, Print

Victor Vasarely

BI-Rhombs, 1977
110.5 x 66 cm
Print

$3,500

Victor Vasarely, Striped Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Striped Composition, 1989
70 x 56.6 x 0.3 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Brown And Yellow Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Brown And Yellow Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Red And Green Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Green Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.3 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Red And Blue Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Red And Blue Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.3 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Mixed Red Composition, Print

Victor Vasarely

Mixed Red Composition, 1989
70 x 57 x 0.2 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Untitled, Print

Victor Vasarely

Untitled, 1980
85 x 75 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely

Edetta, 1984
78 x 76 x 1 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Vega-Wa, Print

Victor Vasarely

Vega-Wa, 1970
50 x 56 x 1 cm
Print

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Victor Vasarely, Dia-or, Print

Victor Vasarely

Dia-or, 1970
56 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

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