Victor Vasarely // The father of Op-Art
Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) is widely regarded as the father of Op-Art. He is a major master of 20th century art. His paintings are in the permanent collections of many important museums around the world.
The breakthrough brought by his kinetic visual experiments transformed the flat surface into a world of unending possibilities, book marking an era in the history of art and foreshadowing a new global reality shaped by programming and the Internet.
His Early Graphics from 1929-1944 in which he experimented with textural effects, perspective, shadow and light. His early graphic period resulted in works such as Zebras (1937), Chess Board (1935), and Girl-power (1934).
Between 1944 and 1947 Vasareli experimented with cubistic, futuristic, expressionistic, symbolistic and surrealistic paintings without developing a unique style. This is where his work of The Blind Man (1946) emerged from.
Later in the 1950’s moves decidedly towards Constructivist and geometric abstract art. He also started to work predominantly in black and white, and Develops and defines the visual elements of Op Art, the movement with which his name has become inextricably linked.
Between 1966 and 1970 moves onto architectural projects, and completes several, including the French Pavillion at the World Expo in Montreal (1967). Also in 1976 the inauguration of the Victor Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence takes place.