As one of the leading figures of the Op Art movement, painter and printmaker Victor Vasarely became famous for his geometric abstractions. Influenced by the work of Joseph Albers, Bauhaus and Constructivism, the Hungarian-born French artist pursued the study of color theory and graphic design. Focussing on optical illusions and repeating patterns, Vasarely insisted, “pure form and pure color can signify the world.” Through precise combinations of lines, geometric shapes, colors, and shading, he created eye-popping paintings, full of the illusion of depth, movement, and three-dimensionality. Various leading museums have presented retrospectives of Victor Vasarely’s work, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and Kunsthaus Zurich (Switzerland).
Hungarian-French, 1906–1997, Pécs, Hungary, based in Paris, France