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Victor Vasarely, Supernovae, c. 1960

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Artist Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997)
Title Supernovae, c. 1960
Medium Unique original gouache on board
Image Size 23 5/8 in x 14 1/2 in (60 cm x 37 cm)
Framed Size 35 1/2 in x 26 3/4 in (90.2 cm x 67.9 cm)
Signature Hand -signed and dedicated on an accompanying paper adhered to the reverse "pour Barbara Weintraub" in black ink by Victor Vasarely (Pécs, 1906 - Paris, 1997).
Condition This work is in excellent condition.
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ID # w-3382

Offering a dazzling view of Vasarely's revolutionary artistic style, this work plays with the effects of light and dark as well as the use of geometric abstraction. Stemming from Vasarely's experiments with kinetic art from 1954 onwards, Supernovae is composed of interacting patterns that produce shifts in perception and fluctuations of the image in the eyes of the viewer. What results is a dazzling affect of black and white, positive and negative, and circles and squares which meld together in a coherent, yet chaotic composition that serves to lure in those who view it. Vasarely sought to exhaust the limits of the two dimensional plane, creating illusions of vibration by alternating geometric forms and adhering to a black and white palette. By definition, a 'supernovae' are stars which increase suddenly in great luminosity and then suddenly undergo various changes, including dramatic decreases in their own mass. This illusion is successfully translated with Vasarely's Supernovae which radiates its own luminosity and brilliance.

Discussing his thoughts on abstraction, Vasarely stated, "The celebrated transition from representational to nonrepresentational art is only one of the stages in profound transformation taking place in the plastic arts. The term 'abstract' in painting refers not to an established fact, but to an irresistible trend toward plastic creation different from the kind we already know." (Vasarely 1978, 13).

Created c. 1960, this unique original gouache on board is hand -signed and dedicated on an accompanying paper adhered to the reverse "pour Barbara Weintraub" in black ink by Victor Vasarely (Pécs, 1906 - Paris, 1997).


1. A hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity from Michèle- Catherine Vasarely accompanies this piece, catalogue no. 1110 in the Vasarely archives.


Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a contemporary black moulding with a silver fillet and blue silk wrapped liners. Victor Vasarely Supernovae, c. 1960 is set behind the amazing Optium Tru Vue Plexiglas, which provides full protection while appearing virtually invisible. The Library of Congress uses Optium Tru Vue Plexiglas to protect The Declaration of Independence. This Plexiglas typically costs 10 times more than regular Plexiglas, running at around $1,000 a piece.

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