Victor VasarelySupernovae 1959-61

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Victor Vasarely (1908‑1997)
Date 1959-61
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2419 x 1524 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1964
Not on display

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Victor Vasarely born 1908 [- 1997]

T00676 Supernovae1959-61

Inscribed 'VASARELY | "SUPERNOVÆ" | 152 x 242 | 1959-61' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 95 1/4 x 60 (242 x 152)
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1964
Exh:Vasarely, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, March-April 1963 (among the works in section 1: 'Tableaux-départ'); Vasarely, Galerie Denise René, Paris, November-December 1963 (works not numbered, repr. upside down); Painting and Sculpture of a Decade 1954-64, Tate Gallery, April-June 1964 (139, repr.)
Lit:Werner Spies, Victor Vasarely(New York 1971), pp.74-114
Repr:Metro, Nos.4-5, 1962, p.116; Marcel Joray, Vasarely(Neuchâtel 1969), pl.160

The black and white paintings which Vasarely made in the 1950s, from 1954 onwards, grew mainly out of his experiments with a form of kinetic art known as 'Kinetic Pictures in Depth' based on the superimposition of two screens with interacting patterns so as to produce a fluctuating image through the movement of the viewer, causing perception to shift back and forth. Believing that the possibilities of two dimensions were far from exhausted and that a visual assault on the retina producing an illusion of vibration was itself a branch of kinetics, he chose to paint in black and white because of their maximum contrast… (read more)

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