Born in Pécs, Hungary in 1908, Victor Vasarely is considered the father of Op Art. Trained in the Bauhaus tradition in Budapest, Vasarely settled in Paris in 1930. There, he devoted himself to graphic studies, his fascination with linear patterning leading him to draw figurative and abstract patterned subjects, such as his series of zebras. His style reached maturity in the mid-1950s, when he completely moved away from figuration and began using more vibrant colours to enhance the suggestion of movement through optical illusion. From then, he focused on engaging the viewer’s eye, and on conveying a sense of kinetic energy across the two-dimensional surface.
“Every form is a base for color, every color is the attribute of a form.”