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Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely was one of the leaders of the Op Art movement in Paris. Like Josef Albers, Vasarely was interested in the purity of visual sensation and was totally opposed to the use of narrative in painting. ‘To experience the presence of a work of art is more important than to understand it’ he argued, and he used geometric patterns to create optical ambiguity and disorientation, making the viewer question his or her own perception.

Dimensions Unframed, 37 x 32.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
EditionEdition 11/17
Item NumberIMMA.399 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Victor Vasarely, Untitled, 1966, Screenprint/metal, Unframed, 37 x 32.5 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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