Fugue, Victor Vasarely
Victor Vasarely
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Victor Vasarely

Fugue, 1958 – 1960

100 x 79 cm
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Oil on paper-board
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Acquired in 2009 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art, room 6


About the Work

The viewer's attempts to combine the elements in the picture to form a whole are in vain. The structures in the picture vibrate and create irregularities, prompting the eye to seek a point where it can rest. Victor Vasarely systematically carried out research into optical effects. He developed his ideas from the chromatic experiments of the Bauhaus School. Op Art is derived from colour contrasts and also uses the serial structures of Geometric Abstraction for its effect. It focuses on the central question of all painting: that of space and the reproduction of three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface. Vasarely lends the subject a form in widely diverse variations. Space is created through modifications and the multiplication of lines, small areas and colour. The artist restricts himself to standardised basic forms, by means of which he creates volume, space and movement in the surface and thus evokes the illusion of movement.


  • Exhibition “Victor Vasarely: In the Labyrinth of Modernism” (2018)

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