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Victor Vasarely. Born: April 9,1906 Died: March 15,1997. Today’s Lesson. Victor Vasarely Abstract Optical Illusion. Vasarely’s Life. Born in Hungary Studied medicine before traditional painting

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Victor Vasarely

Born: April 9,1906

Died: March 15,1997


Today’s Lesson

  • Victor Vasarely

  • Abstract Optical Illusion


Vasarely’s Life

  • Born in Hungary

  • Studied medicine before traditional painting

  • In 1930 he moved to Paris where he worked as a graphic artist and began working on his style of abstract art.

  • His art came to be known as Optical Art because of the optical illusion created by his use of contrasting colors and geometric shapes.

  • He was hailed as the creator of “Op-Art”.

  • Died in Paris


Victor Vasarely’s Art

  • Vasarely experimented with textural effects, perspective, shadow and light.

  • He also experimented with cubistic, futuristic, expressionistic, symbolistic and surrealistic paintings without developing a unique style.

  • Finally, Vasarely found his own style of geometric abstract art, working in various materials but using minimal number of forms and colors.


Vocabulary Definitions

  • Shape: A flat figure created when lines meet to enclose a space. A change in color or shading can define a shape. Shapes can be divided into several types:

    • geometric (square, triangle, circle) and

    • organic (irregular in outline).

  • Abstract: A work of art that is usually based on an identifiable subject, but the artist leaves out the details, simplifies or rearranges visual elements.

    • Abstract works that have no identifiable subject are called nonobjective art.


Vocabulary Definitions (cont.)

  • Optical Illusion: A misleading image.

  • Contrast:A large difference between two things; for example, rough and smooth, yellow and purple, light and shadow.

    • Contrasts usually add excitement, drama and interest to artworks.


Varsarely - The Zebras (1938)


Vasarely - Orion C (1962)


Vasarely - Arcturus II (1966)


Vasarely - Mizzar (1956-1960)


Vasarely - Chess Board (1935)


Vasarely - Zebegan (1964)


Zebegan (1964)

  • What do you see in this painting? Do you see any objects or people or things?

  • What shapes do you see in this painting? (circles and squares)

  • Are all other shapes the same color? Which ones are the same color? (the circles and smaller squares)

  • Are there places in the painting that seem to stand out more than other places? Where are they? (the yellow squares)

  • What happens if you stare at this painting for a long time? What happens to some of the smaller shapes after you stare at the painting? (They start to look like they are floating or moving)

  • Do you think the artist wanted this to happen? Do you think he planned what colors he put on top of what and where he put each shape?


Zebegan (cont.)

  • Made up of brightly colored shapes (squares, circles, and smaller squares)

  • Zebegen is an abstract painting. The artist is not trying to paint any object or person. He is only concerned with using shapes and colors in an interesting way.

  • All the bigger squares have smaller shapes on top of them (some are almost the same color but seem to blend into each other)

  • If you look at it long enough the shapes appear to dance around and move. This is called an optical illusion. Our eyes are playing tricks on us.


Vasarely’s Quotes

  • “Every form is a base for color, every color is the attribute of a form.”

  • “Pure form – color could represent the world.”


What we will be doing

  • Make different arrangements using your pre-cut geometric shapes until you find a design and optical effect you like.

    • 6 large red squares

    • 3 blue and 3 yellow medium circles

    • 3 blue and 3 yellow small squares

    • 3 blue and 3 yellow small circles

  • Then glue the shapes in place on the mounting paper.

  • Try and use ALL of the shapes you are given.


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