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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.

MediumScreenprint/metal
Dimensions37 x 32.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
EditionEdition 11/17
Item NumberIMMA.399 GL
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Victor Vasarely, Untitled, 1966, Screenprint/metal, 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, he was also innovative in advocating the use of computer technology in art making. Vasarely’s work has been exhibited worldwide. The Vasarely Museum Budapest was established by the artist in 1987. — View Artist »