Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) is considered as the father of the Op Art movement. 

"Op Art" is an abbreviation for 'Optical Art'.

Typically the best examples of this genre display hypnotic abstract patterns that seem to be in motion. Other works suggest depths of field made from detailed arrangements of forms and colors.

The work is flat but the patterns suggest three-dimensional creations.

"Op Art" developed at the same time as "Pop Art" - together they epitomize the progress and aesthetic of the 1960's.

This is an interesting example of Vasarely's geometric compositions because it is from so early in his career. This work is especially remarkable as in an art historical context there were few artists working with a strict geometry in the late 1940's. If they were, there was a connection to representation and/or an affiliation with Cubism. Keep in mind this was the era that saw a rise of "automatism" and "action painting".  

Vasarely interest in geometry and playing with fields of depth are just beginning to show through in this work. It is a stunning example of the master's developing aesthetic; acting as a more elegant, subdued precursor to his signature hyper-saturated, hypnotically moving prints. 

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France, 1949

Gouache and mixed media on paper on board

Signed and on verso titled and dated 1949 on the label

13.5"H 14.5"W (image)

19.5"W 20.5"H (framed)

Very good condition.

Provenance: Brook Street Gallery, London.


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