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Hungarian-French painter Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) was a
precocious talent. His earliest surviving painting, a landscape
done at age 12, baffled through its realism-an indication of the
compelling illusions of spatial depth that would later define his
dazzling universe. Inspired by the likes of Malevich and the
Bauhaus school, Vasarely developed his own abstract-geometric
visual language, exploring the relationship between pure form and
pure color. Vasarely's experimentation with optical effects in the
1940s and '50s earned him a central role in the evolution of Op
Art. By the late '50s and early '60s, he concentrated on the
"democratization of art" by producing "multiples"-reasonably priced
original works reproduced in large editions. Vasarely's attempt to
"destroy the completely obsolete myth of the unique, inimitable
masterwork" was a tremendous contribution to art theory. To him,
there was no place for hierarchical division into originals and
reproductions, nor for distinction between fine and commercial
art-"We cannot leave the enjoyment of art to an elite of
connoisseurs forever," he declared. This redefinition of the
artist's position and function in society marked a crucial first
step in the Pop Art movement. Vasarely's boldly colorful and
eye-popping paintings are instantly recognizable and remain
entirely modern and relevant today. In this dependable
introduction, we explore the makings of an artist ahead of his
time. Crisp reproductions and insightful texts celebrate the father
of the Op Art movement, from his earliest hypnotizing optical
illusions to his hallmark checkerboard works.
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