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Hokkaido Victor Vasarely


Victor Vasarely Pécs, 1906 – Paris, 1997

Date 1950–1958
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas

162 × 102 cm

Inventory number 70.11.B
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view This artwork is not on display

Vasarely, an artist of Hungarian origin, who was acclaimed as the Pope of Op Art” after his exhibition in New York in 1965, painted the first pictures in which he developed his pure, abstract forms by reducing natural motifs in 1947-48. His work entitled Hokkaido, began in 1950 and reworked in 1958, marks an important change in the development of his painting. In his compositions from this period, constructed with minute precision, he is experimenting with the expression of the spatial ambivalence of geometric forms. These works already pave the way towards the sterile optical vibration of his later, typically Op Art works.”

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