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Artist: Victor Vasarely
(Pécs, 1906 – Paris, 1997)

Date: 1950–1958
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 162 × 102 cm
Classification: painting
Inventory Number: 70.11.B
Department: Department of Art after 1800

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Vasarely, an artist of Hungarian origin, who was acclaimed as the Pope of Op Art" after his exhibition in New York in 1965, painted the first pictures in which he developed his pure, abstract forms by reducing natural motifs in 1947-48. His work entitled Hokkaido, began in 1950 and reworked in 1958, marks an important change in the development of his painting. In his compositions from this period, constructed with minute precision, he is experimenting with the expression of the spatial ambivalence of geometric forms. These works already pave the way towards the sterile optical vibration of his later, typically Op Art works."