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Victor Vasarely, 1906 - 1997), Orion Noir, 1970, Polystyrene Collage with Polyester Resin, Frame H 41" x W 39.75", Signed Lower Right

Orion Noir, 1970

Victor Vasarely was born in Hungary in 1906, as Gyözö Vásárhelyi.

He moved to Paris in 1930, where he worked successfully as a commercial graphic artist. All the while, he was researching the optical and emotional opportunities of several different graphical methods. He came to the result that geometrical means can create sensual perceptions that convey new ideas about space, matter and energy. He created an independent geometric abstraction whose variations lead to image patterns with kinetic effects.

The artist arranged a wattle of geometric forms in bright colors so that the eye perceives it as a fluctuating movement. Vasarely had a huge influence on the Op art, and is sometimes even named as one of its founders.

He participated regularly in the documenta between 1955 and 1968, and designed the official logo for the XX. Olympics in Munich. The Vasarely Museum, established in 1976, can be found in his city of birth, Pécs. A second one, opened in 1987, is located in the castle Zichy in Budapest.

Victor Vasarely died in 1997, in Paris.


Selected Major Museum Collections

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Tare Gallery, London
Art Institute of Chicago
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam
Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Detroit Institute of Arts
Joseph H. Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Jewish Museum, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
New Orleans Museum of Art
St. Louis City Art Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art


Dordrecht Museum, Holland
Musee Boymans, Rotterdam
Gemeente Museum, Holland
Art Gallery, University of Manchester, England
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Musee Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Musee de Leverkusen, Germany
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Musee d’Art Moderne, Basel, Switzerland
Museum of Vienna
Museum of Art, Copenhagen
Museum of Art, Skopje, Yugoslavia
Jerusalem Museum
Tel Aviv Art Museum
Museum of Art, Berlin
Calvert Museum, Avignon

Biography from the Archives of AskART.