The White House Gallery

Victor Vasarely

VICTOR VASARELY  (1908 – 1997)

Hungarian French painter and printmaker, was born in Hungary, studied at the Budapest Bauhaus
and moved to Paris in 1930.  Vasarely was the leading figure in the Op Art Movement, concerned with methodical geometrical abstraction.  This new pictorial language was very popular in the 1960's and has sustained its place in the history of artistic developments.

Victor Vasarely is internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th
century. He 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.