Victor Vasarely

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Victor Vasarely (Hungarian-French 1906-1997) is known as the “Grandfather” of the Op-Art (shortened from “Optical”) movement, using geometric shapes and bold colour to create artworks that seem to pulsate with a life of their own.We offer a free appraisal for all Vasarely items consigned to our modern design auctions. 

Victor Vasarely Overview


Victor Vasarely, born in 1906 in Pécs, Hungary, began his artistic journey as a traditional painter and graphic artist. However, it wasn't long before he found his own unique style, marked by bold geometric shapes and vibrant hues. Intrigued by optical illusions and the dynamic interaction of forms, Vasarely delved into the concept of visual kinetics, where his artworks seemed to pulsate with life and movement. His meticulous compositions, crafted with mathematical precision, captivated viewers and challenged their perceptions of space and form.

Beyond his artistic achievements, Vasarely was driven by a deep commitment to making art accessible to everyone. He passionately advocated for integrating art into everyday life, leading to his works gracing public spaces, corporate offices, and even appearing on postage stamps. Vasarely's influence extended far beyond the confines of the art world, permeating into design and architecture, inspiring countless creatives to experiment with optical illusions and geometric abstraction. His legacy continues to inspire and mesmerize, reminding us of the transformative power of art. Vasarely inspired the likes of leading British Op-artist Bridget Riley and American Richard Anuszkiewicz to follow in his footsteps several decades later.

Victor Vasarely at Auction

Victor Vasarely commands a dedicated following at auction with admirers around the world of his pioneering optical artworks.  Wilson55 have previously sold a serigraph and signed limited edition silkscreen by the artist and welcome enquiries regarding further Vasarely works for inclusion in our Modern Art & Design sales, held four times a year.  For a free and confidential valuation please contact us via the valuation form. 


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James Spiridion

Auctioneer and valuer specialising in Modern Design. James has recently returned to the North West after spending the last few years as a valuer in Scotland, during that time James also featured on Paul Martin's Auction Showdown for Channel 5 as a 'Rival Auctioneer'.



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