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At the Bauhaus Muhely, Vasarely became familiar with contemporary research in colour and optics by Johannes Itten and Josef Albers. His lifelong fascination with linear patterning led him to draw figurative and abstract patterned subjects. Recognizing the inner geometry of nature, Vasarely transposed forms from nature into purely abstract elements in his paintings.’Lant’, reflects his enduring fascination with linear patterning and the relativity and interaction of colour. Vasarely’s conviction that the completion of the painting is in the eye and mind of the spectator echoed Duchamp and anticipated Conceptual Art.

MediumAcrylic on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 160 x 160 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.398 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Victor Vasarely, Lant, 1968, Acrylic on canvas, Unframed, 160 x 160 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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About the Artist

Victor Vasarely 1906–1997

Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely studied medicine at the University of Budapest and art at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy and the Bauhaus Muhely, Budapest. He moved to Paris in 1930. Committed to the purity of visual sensation and the accessibility of the art object, Vasarely employed syncopated rhythms and geometric pattern to create his optical paintings. A founding figure within the Op art movement, Vasarely’s work has been exhibited worldwide. The Vasarely Museum Budapest opened in 1987.

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