FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Victor Vasarely (French/Hungarian, 1906–1997) is known as the father of the Op Art movement. As a painter, he
created intricate abstractions that suggested depth and dimensionality using a variety of optical illusions, with
surfaces seeming to bulge out of the canvas. His works present color, form, and pattern as a single interconnected
element—a concept that was critical to the foundation of the Op Art movement and the focus of his mature works.
Vasarely initially studied medicine at the Budapest University in his early 20s, only to abandon his medical
studies to attend to the Muhely Academy, the center of the Bauhaus movement in Budapest. While there, he was
profoundly influenced by the work of color theorist and artist Josef Albers, as well as the Constructivist methods
promoted by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky. While Vasarely’s earlier work was concerned more with color
theory, during the 1950s and 1960s his work became more focused on the optical potential of the two-dimensional
surface. He began to use complex and colorful patterns to actively engage the viewer’s eye, and to convey a sense
of kinetic energy across the two-dimensional surface.
Vasarely’s work was heavily influenced by his time spent at Breton Beach of Belle Isle in France, which also
prompted the creation of his Belle Isle series. These works display an intrinsic concern with the internal
geometry present in the natural world, which was a motif that Vasarely continued to explore extensively
throughout his life. After a long and celebrated career, Vasarely died on March 15, 1997 in Paris at the age of 90.
Title: "Titan C"
*Pencil Signed LR
Medium: Original Screenprint
Limited edition: 243/300
Sheet size: 23.5" x 22"
Image size: 16" x 16"