“The art of tomorrow will be a collective treasure, or it will not be art at all.”
Victor Vasarely 1906 – 1997
Victor Vasarely was a Hungarian French artist, who is widely accepted as a “grandfather” and leader of the Op Art movement. His work entitled Zebra, created in the 1930s, is considered by some to be one of the earliest examples of Op Art.
In 1929 he painted his Blue Study and Green Study. In 1930, Vasarely became a graphic designer and a poster artist during the 1930s, combining patterns and organic images with each other.
Vasarely left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930. He went on to produce art and sculpture using optical illusion. Over the next three decades, Vasarely developed his style of geometric abstract art, working in various materials but using a minimal number of forms and colours. In The Chessboard 2, a black-and-white checked design of 1936, Vasarely explored the visually vibrating effect of an insistent pattern as well as the appearance of depth despite the use of flat shapes and the absence of modeling.
Vasarely wanted to create designs that were universal. A socialist, his goal was to produce an art that could be mass produced and affordable for everyone. He became fascinated with an art of pure visual perception without traditional themes and representational qualities.
He died age 90 in Paris on 15 March 1997.