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France • 1906−1997

Victor Vasarely (Victor Vasarely, April 9, 1906, Pécs, Austria-Hungary - March 15, 1997, Paris, France) - French artist of Hungarian origin, who is called the founder of the op-art style. One of his earliest works created in this style is the painting “Zebras(1937). In his youth, Vazareli was more interested in science than art, and in 1925 he entered the Medical School of the University of Budapest, but he studied there for only two years. After that, Victor decided to drastically change his life and took up painting. In 1930, he married and moved to Paris. Here Vazareli worked in a variety of advertising agencies and had the opportunity to engage in their work only in the evenings. In the 30s he began to write the first geometric works, later he went into abstract art and, finally, in the late 50s he devoted himself to optical illusions. In subsequent years, Vasarely created several famous series of paintings in op art. In addition, he has repeatedly worked on architectural projects. Until the end of his days, the artist continued to experiment with the illusions of depth and movement in his paintings.

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