Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997) Tridim-RR 1968

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Lot 37* AR
Victor Vasarely
(Hungarian/French, 1906-1997)
Tridim-RR
1968

Sold for £ 52,500 (US$ 73,099) inc. premium
Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997)
Tridim-RR
1968

signed; signed, titled, dated 1968 and inscribed 2104 on the reverse
acrylic on canvas laid on board

100 by 64 cm.
39 3/8 by 25 3/16 in.

Footnotes

  • The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Monsieur Pierre Vasarely. This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence.

    Provenance
    Irving Galleries, Milwaukee
    Acquired directly from the above by the previous owner in 1969
    Thence by descent to the present owner



    Widely considered the Father of Op art, Victor Vasarely was one of the foremost practitioners of colour theory, creating a system to develop his work, that while seemingly scientific, yielded works that were hypnotic, mesmerizing and enthralling. Known as 'Planetary Folklore' or the 'Plastic Alphabet', Vasarely would precisely select a single, and effective combination of prefabricated forms, squares, triangles, circles, rhomboids and ellipses, with a set of colours that would be arranged on a grid and then further layered. Whilst this system fosters an almost infinite number of potential permutations, Vasarely's innate understanding of colour theory allowed him to choose the combinations that were most stirring in the optical allusions they provoked. This, combined with the artist's astute technical ability, enabled the works to flicker with movement, despite their regimented system of origin.

    Alom-2 from 1967 (lot 36) and Tridim-RR from 1968 (lot 37) perfectly embody the artist's theories and facility seen through the fluid geometry that traverses the surface of the canvas. Shapes recede or project forward in the pictorial space depending on the colour they are rendered in. Shifts in movement across the picture's plane become visible through Vasarely's application of colour, accentuating the pictorial depth. Circles and squares flicker on a patchwork of yellow, black, blue and violet. The impact of Josef Albers, who was widely influential on the Op movement, is seen here in the elegant placing of coloured shapes within one another to allow the viewer to see and experience something altogether different. Coming to market for the first time, these works are immense in scale allowing the viewer to fully immerse themselves in the mirages created by the shapes and colours.

    Having attended the Muhely Academy, known as the 'Hungarian Bauhaus', Vasarely seemed a natural heir to the concepts espoused by the school. Leaving Budapest for Paris in 1930, by the end of the decade he had created what many considered to be the first Optical work, Zebra, leading to a series of black and white works furthering his exploration of optical illusion. After World War II Vasarely began exhibiting with Galerie Denise René, leading to the landmark Op and Kinetic exhibition Le Mouvement in 1955. Inclusion in The Responsive Eye at MoMA, New York in 1965 further solidified his reputation and influence, bringing his theories and works to an American audience. Galerie Chalette in New York presented a solo exhibition of the artist's large scale works in 1970, from which Alom-2 was acquired. The work, a rare example from 1967 and striking in its monumental size, was lauded in the Time Magazine review of the exhibition.

    Vasarely's influence, as well as that of Op, continues to be explored through recent exhibitions such as Eye Attack at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk and The Illusive Eye at El Museo del Barrio, New York. Alom-2 and Tridim-RR are prototypical examples of Vasarely's practice demonstrating the key impact of Op on the art of the Twentieth Century and beyond.
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