Victor Vasarely


Victor Vasarely defined one of the most remarkable moments in the history of Twentieth Century art. He had achieved great fame during his lifetime and today remains one of the pillars of contemporary art for leading geometric abstract painting into its amazing culmination under the name of kineticism.

His life works are characterized by great unity, from the evolution of his early graphic art to his resolve in promoting a social art that was and is available to all. Vasarely was born in Pécs, Hungary (1906-1997).

After obtaining his bachelor's degree, he undertook for a brief period, medical studies at the Budapest University, which he abandoned just two years later answering the call for his true vocation.

His learned sense for strict method and objectivity keep him bonded to the quest of scientific discovery. He enrolled at Muhely the school created by Alexandre Bortnyik and known as the center of Bauhaus studies in Budapest.

Bauhaus thought had an enormous influence on Vasarely's works up to the very end of his career. It was during this period when he discovered Abstract art and created his famous "Blue Study," and "Green Study."

In 1930 he moved to Paris and began work as a creative consultant and graphic artist.

During this time (1929-1946), he built the esthetic foundations for his plastic research. Between 1935 and 1947, he rediscovered painting. During this period when he was influenced by the major plastic movements such as cubism and surrealism, he managed to focus on still life genre, landscapes and portraiture.

The works of the "Belle-Isle" period, 1947-1958, mark the beginning of an abstraction watershed, which was a stroke of genius that would eventually let him transform rough material into abstract.

It was also a return to nature through the use of the geometrical form. His next periods were "Denfert," "Cristal-Gordes," "Malevitch," "Black & White," "Yellow Manifest," "Folklore Planetaire," "alphabet plastique," "Homage to the Hexagon," "Responsive Eye," "Optical Art," "Vonal," "Vega," "Feny," "Vega Tek," and "Vega 200." Vasarely's death left the world with a plastic legacy unrivaled within the realm of abstract geometrical kinetic art.

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