Yvaral (Jean-Pierre Vasarely)


Yvaral (1934-2002), also known as Jean-Pierre Vasarely, was a French artist best known for his works of Op Art, Kinetic Art, and Numerical Art. He is also the son of the renowned “Grandfather” of Op Art, Victor Vasarely.

Yvaral co-founded Le Group de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) alongside fellow kinetic-op art artists Francisco Sobrino, Franchise Morellet, and Julio Le Parc in 1960. The goal of this group was to expand the possibilities of artistic expression. They immediately began investigating a wide range of kinetic and op art effects. Many of Yvaral’s early works from this period resemble his fathers groundbreaking abstractions which created a coherent visual language from simple geometric elements.

In 1975, Yvaral coined the term ‘Numerical Art’ to describe artworks that were composed according to numerical algorithms and rules. To breath life into this term, Yvaral would program computers to manipulate his works according to the numerical rules/algorithms. This process would render images, even widely recognizable ones (i.e. Marilyn Monroe’s face), into abstract compositions.

Although he digitally manipulated and processed the source imagery, Yvaral’s final works were always painted by hand. This style of work became known as his signature, although he further expanded his practice by delving into collage, mixed media, tapestry, and sculpture.

Marilyn Monroe’s Op Art portraits by Yvaral are arguably his most distinguished and best-known works. He created several variations using Monroe’s famed visage, each based on different patterns and digital manipulations. 

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From an edition of 100.

Signed and numbered by the artist on the front.

31.5"H 23.5"W (work)

44"H 36"W (framed)

Framed with plexiglass (minor wear). 

Very good condition. 

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