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Victor Vasarely

"The art of tomorrow will be a commun treasure within which art no longer exists."


Notes of biography

Victor Vasarely was born in Pecs (Hungary). He began studying medicine, left these courses and joined the fine art (1927-1929), then the Bauhaus of Budapest where he became the pupil of Sandor Bortnyik. His first personal exhibition was organized in Budapest in 1930, this same year he settled down in Paris.
During a first period, Vasarely created a plastic alphabet whose infinite combinations had to give birth to an "intellectual and methodical art". He gradually gave up the applied arts and was interested in an abstract pictorial creation. Between 1935 and 1947, Vasarel painted with a more classical representation, portraits, still lives and landscapes. Later he created a set of works about Belle-Isle-en-Mer and the artist wanted to show the internal geometry in the nature. He wrote the "Yellow Manifesto” in 1955 in which he defined the kineticArt. The compositions were more and more elaborated, compositions where geometrical elements were united together, fitted together, switched around, to get closer to the cellular structure.
In 1965, Victor Vasarely participated to the exhibition "Responsive Eye" (New York) wich dedicated the optical Art (Op Art). The man was interested in the physics, in the architecture, in the industry and wanted his universal language. In 1976, he created his foundation in Aix-en-Provence, and drew a building that concretized his conception of the art in the town. Vasarely set up a contemporary art center and a meeting and search lavatory for artists, architects and engineers. He has been celebrated in the biggest museums of the world.
Victor Vasarely died in 1997 in Annet-sur-Marne (France).

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« Vasarely », 4 Vol., Marcel Joray, Ed. du Griffon, Neuchâtel, 1965-1980 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Vasarely, 50 ans de création », Olympic Museum, Lausanne, 1996
  • « Vasarely », Fondation Juan March, Madrid, 2000
  • « Vasarely, parcours 1938-1980 », Demeures du Nord, Lille, 2004
  • « Vasarely », R.C. Morgan, Naples Museum of Art, G. Braziller, N.Y., 2005
  • « Vasarely 1906-1997 : La pure vision », Magdalena Holzhey, Ed. Taschen, 2005
  • « Vasarely », Julio Le Parc et autres, Ed. Silvana, 2013
  • « V. Vasarely : De l'oeuvre peint à l'oeuvre architecturé », J.-P. Ameline, Ed. Hermann, 2
  • « La Fondation Vasarely », collectif, Ed. Beaux Arts Magazine, nov. 2015
  • « V. Vasarely, multiplicité », F. Bauer et collectif, Fage Ed., 2016
  • « Notes brutes », Victor Vasarely, Ed. Hermann, 2016
To read from the artist :
  • « Entretiens avec l'artiste », Jean-Louis Ferrier, Ed. Belfond, Paris 1969
  • « Nous sommes à l’aube d’un nouveau style », In « Opus Int.78 », G. Fall 1980
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+ OPTICAL ART / 1955-1968 / Nicolas Schöffer (cybernetic art), Larry Poons, Bridget Riley, etc.
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Beyond works currently in stock, it seemed to me useful to combine business with pleasure by letting you discover others works by artists in my gallery. These artworks, now sold or removed from our website, have been in our stock in the past.

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