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Victor Vasarely

1967

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27 5/8" x 14 5/8"

Vasarely is considered the founder of optical art and has created work that enacts the physiology of the eye as far back as the 1930s. Op artists juxtapose shapes and color to form compositions that appear to pulsate and vibrate. For Vasarely, this ocular movement was essential to his practice. He considered his artwork an equalizer as no formal art historical knowledge was required to enjoy and view his work: “We need not leave the enjoyment of a work of art indefinitely to an elite of connoisseurs…the art of tomorrow will be a treasure common to all, or it will be nothing.”

Credit

Gift of Roger R. Smith