Original Lithography by Vasarely, France, 1970, L 88 cm, W 88 cm, Ed. 18/250.

Original Lithograph by Vasarely, France, 1970, L 88 cm, W 88 cm, Ed. 18/250.

Victor Vasarely (April 1906 – March 1997) was a Hungarian-French artist widely considered as the “father” of the optical art movement. Trained as an artist in Budapest in the Bauhaus tradition, Vasarely left Hungary in 1930 and settled in Paris where he initially supported himself working as a creative artist for the Havas advertising agency and the Draeger printing house.

By the 1940s, his characteristic style had emerged, but it is only in the mid-1950s and 1960s that it reached maturity when the artist began using brighter, more vibrant colors to further enhance the suggestion of movement through optical illusion.

Vasarely’s work can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest), the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (Spain), the Vasarely Foundation (France)…