Vasarely, Victor, Cube, c. 1970
Victor Vasarely, Aluminum Silkscreen, Cube, c. 1970
|Artist:||Vasarely, Victor (1906 - 1997)|
|Title:||Cube, c. 1970|
Original Aluminum Cube with Silkscreen
|Image Size:||DIMENSIONS: 6 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in (17.1 cm x 17.1 cm x 17.1 cm)|
|Edition:||Published by Denise René|
|Condition:||This work is in good condition for the medium; a few slight surface scratches throughout with two slightly dented corners.|
This splendid work exemplifies Vasarely's mastery of form and pattern, as he places silver circles next to one another with slight variations in size and shape to create the overall illusion of a larger spherical form projecting from each face of the cube.
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|Reflecting his modern sensibilities and mathematical background, Vasarely's
creativity explodes in this magnificent metal cube as black forms assume a 3-dimensional
life on this 2-dimensional surface. Combining elements of optics, form, illumination,
and reflection, Vasarely creates a visually stunning sculptural cube that instantly
engages the viewer. This aluminum cube encourages the viewer to move around
the sculpture and is best displayed slightly below eye level, on a surface that
allows the viewer to view it from all sides as well as from above. Each side
conveys an optic image that relays a sense of three dimensionality and motion,
as if the geometric image is either receding or emerging out towards the viewer.
These images often relay the impression of slight fluctuating motion, toying
with the viewer's visual perception. The shiny aluminum surface captures the
light, illuminating the piece while still acting as a reflective service and
allowing the viewer to see his/her own reflection behind the optical images
on each side of this wonderful work.
Of his sculptural work, Vasarely has stated "I can no longer admit an inner world and another, an outer world, apart. The within and the without communicate by osmosis, or, one might rather say: the spatial-material universe, energetic living, feeling-thinking, forms a whole, indivisible the languages of the spirit are but the supervibrations of the great physical nature."
Created c. 1970, this original aluminum cube with silkscreen was published by Denis René. It measures 6 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in (17.1 cm x 17.1 cm x 17.1 cm).
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Biography of Victor Vasarely
A personal recollection (by Alex Adelman): I was very fortunate to have met Victor Vasarely several times and will always remember him as a very warm, funny, charming, intelligent man. However, what struck me most about him was that he had a child-like innocence and wonderment toward both people and the world around him. The last time I saw him, a year or so ago, I remember fondly watching him play Yvaral several games of chess. Needless to say, he beat Yvaral each time! We shared a glass of wine, chocolates and then he entertained us with Hungarian folk songs. It was a truly fun and memorable occasion!
Internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Victor Vasarely is the acknowledged leader of the Op Art movement, and his innovations in color and optical illusion have had a strong influence on many modern artists.
In 1947, Vasarely discovered his place in abstract art. Influenced by his experiences at Breton Beach of Belle Isle, he concluded that "internal geometry" could be seen below the surface of the entire world. He conceived that form and color are inseparable. "Every form is a base for color, every color is the attribute of a form." Forms from nature were thus transposed into purely abstract elements in his paintings. Recognizing the inner geometry of nature, Vasarely wrote, "the ellipsoid form...will slowly, but tenaciously, take hold of the surface, and become its raison d'etre. Henceforth, this ovoid form will signify in all my works of this period, the 'oceanic feeling'...I can no longer admit an inner world and another, an outer world, apart. The within and the without communicate by osmosis, or, one might rather say: the spatial-material universe, energetic-living, feeling-thinking, form a whole, indivisible... The languages of the spirit are but the supervibrations of the great physical nature."
Victor Vasarely was born in Pecs, Hungary in 1906. After receiving his baccalaureate degree in 1925, he began studying art at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy in Budapest. In 1928, he transferred to the Muhely Academy, also known as the Budapest Bauhaus, where he studied with Alexander Bortnijik. At the Academy, he became familiar with the contemporary research in color and optics by Jaohannes Itten, Josef Albers, and the Constructivists Malevich and Kandinsky.
After his first one-man show in 1930, at the Kovacs Akos Gallery in Budapest, Vasarely moved to Paris. For the next thirteen years, he devoted himself to graphic studies. His lifelong fascination with linear patterning led him to draw figurative and abstract patterned subjects, such as his series of harlequins, checkers, tigers, and zebras. During this period, Vasarely also created multi-dimensional works of art by super-imposing patterned layers of cellophane on one another to attain the illusion of depth.
In 1943, Vasarely began to work extensively in oils, creating both abstract and figurative canvases. His first Parisian exhibition was the following year at the Galerie Denise Rene which he helped found. Vasarely became the recognized leader of the avant-garde group of artists affiliated with the gallery.
In 1955, Galerie Denise Rene hosted a major group exhibition in connection with Vasarely's painting experiments with movement. This was the first important exhibition of kinetic art and included works by Yaacov Agam, Pol Bury, Soto, and Jean Tinguely, among others.
During the 1950's, Vasarely wrote a series of manifestos on the use of optical phenomena for artistic purposes. Together with his paintings and Vasarely prints, these were a significant influence on younger artists. According to the artist, "In the last analysis, the picture-object in pure composition appears to me as the last link in the family 'paintings,' still possessing by its shining beauty, an end in itself. But it is already more than a painting, the forms and colors which compose it are still situated on the plane, but the plastic event which they trigger fuses in front of and in the plane. It is thereby an end, but also a beginning, a kind of launching pad for future achievements."
Today, Victor Vasarely's prints, paintings, collages and sculptures are celebrated in numerous exhibits all around the world.
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