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Op Art

On the origin of Op Art — Victor Vasarely!

Vasarely is recognized as the original mover and shaker of form and color — creating and manipulating images in new ways that tease the eye and the mind. In fact, it would be nearly three decades after his initial foray into this new visual territory before the term “Op Art” existed. Time magazine coined the term in 1964, ‘validating’ what had by then grown to be a recognized art movement.

There are many masters, but by way of introduction, following are a few favorites by three titans in the Op Art movement: Victor Vasarely, M.C. Escher and Bridgette Riley.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian-French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Zebra, 1937. Woodcut print, 52 x 60 cm. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian-French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Zebra, 1937. Woodcut print, 52 x 60 cm. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Tettye (Untitled). Serigraph. Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Tettye (Untitled). Serigraph. Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Quadrature, c. 1979. Color silkscreen on wove paper. Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Quadrature, c. 1979. Color silkscreen on wove paper. Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Riu Kiu C, 1960. Acrylic on canvas, 115 x 115 cm. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Riu Kiu C, 1960. Acrylic on canvas, 115 x 115 cm. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Bridget Riley (British, Op Art, b. 1931): Kiss, 1961. Acrylic on linen, 122 × 122 cm (48 x 48 inches). © Bridget Riley. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Bridget Riley (British, Op Art, b. 1931): Kiss, 1961. Acrylic on linen, 122 × 122 cm (48 x 48 inches). © Bridget Riley. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Bridget Riley (British, Op Art, b. 1931): Fall, 1963. Polyvinyl acetate paint on hardboard, 1410 x 1403 mm. Tate Modern, London, UK. © Bridget Riley. Image: © Tate. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.  ‘I try to organise a field of visual energy which accumulates until it reaches maximum tension’, Riley said of this work. (© Tate.)

Bridget Riley (British, Op Art, b. 1931): Fall, 1963. Polyvinyl acetate paint on hardboard, 1410 x 1403 mm. Tate Modern, London, UK. © Bridget Riley. Image: © Tate. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles. ‘I try to organise a field of visual energy which accumulates until it reaches maximum tension’, Riley said of this work. (© Tate.)

M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972): Concentric Rinds Colour, 1953. M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972): Bond of Union, 1956. Lithograph, 25.3 x 33.9 cm (10 x 13-3/8 inches). © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972): Concentric Rinds Colour, 1953. M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972): Bond of Union, 1956. Lithograph, 25.3 x 33.9 cm (10 x 13-3/8 inches). © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972): Rippled Surface, March 1950. Linocut in black and grey-brown on Japan paper, 33.6 x 40.1 cm; image: 26 x 32 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. © Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Image: © 2013 The National Gallery of Canada. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972): Rippled Surface, March 1950. Linocut in black and grey-brown on Japan paper, 33.6 x 40.1 cm; image: 26 x 32 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. © Cordon Art B.V. – Baarn – Netherlands. Image: © 2013 The National Gallery of Canada. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Duo-2, 1967. Medium: Gouache, acrylic on board, 12-1/4 x 16 inches (31 x 40.6 cm). Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, Op Art, 1906-1997): Duo-2, 1967. Medium: Gouache, acrylic on board, 12-1/4 x 16 inches (31 x 40.6 cm). Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Bridget Riley (British, Op Art, b. 1931): Deny II, 1967. Polyvinyl acetate emulsion paint on canvas, 217.2 x 217.2 x 40 cm. Tate Modern, London, UK. © Bridget Riley. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Bridget Riley (British, Op Art, b. 1931): Deny II, 1967. Polyvinyl acetate emulsion paint on canvas, 217.2 x 217.2 x 40 cm. Tate Modern, London, UK. © Bridget Riley. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

 

 

Announcement

Robert Schaufelberger is now officially I Require Art’s Senior Technical Director. Robert’s been key to the team — almost from day one — on top of all things tech.

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley creates powerful and audacious works that are right in step with our times, with today. Yet, his aesthetic roots run deep in art historical appreciation — a quality that satisfies. Bold, easy elegance. Quiet brushwork. Wiley captures today’s cultural flamboyance while giving a satisfying nod to art and artists who’ve come before.

Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and the words of the Vienna Secession’s motto come to mind: “To each age its art, to art its freedom.”

Current exhibition:

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
February 20–May 24, 2015

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977): Three Graces, 2005. Oil and enamel on canvas, 182.9 x 423.8 cm (72 x 96 inches). Hort Family Collection, courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California, USA. © Kehinde Wiley. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977): Three Graces, 2005. Oil and enamel on canvas, 182.9 x 423.8 cm (72 x 96 inches). Hort Family Collection, courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California, USA. © Kehinde Wiley. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977): Mrs. Siddons, 2012. From: An Economy of Grace. Oil on linen, 72 x 60 inches. © Kehinde Wiley. Photo: kehindewiley.com © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977): Mrs. Siddons, 2012. From: An Economy of Grace. Oil on linen, 72 x 60 inches. © Kehinde Wiley. Photo: kehindewiley.com © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Gustav Klimt (Austrian; Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession, 1862-1918): The Dancer (formerly Ria Munk II), c. 1916-1918. Oil on canvas, 180 x 90 cm. Private Collection, New York. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Gustav Klimt (Austrian; Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession, 1862-1918): The Dancer (formerly Ria Munk II), c. 1916-1918. Oil on canvas, 180 x 90 cm. Private Collection, New York. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Egon Schiele (Austrian; Expressionism, 1890-1918): Portrait of the Painter Anton Peschka, 1909. Oil and metallic paint on canvas, 110.2 x 100 cm. Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Egon Schiele (Austrian; Expressionism, 1890-1918): Portrait of the Painter Anton Peschka, 1909. Oil and metallic paint on canvas, 110.2 x 100 cm. Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977): Kern Alexander Study I, 2011. Oil on paper, 53 x 40 inches. © Kehinde Wiley. Photo: kehindewiley.com © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977): Kern Alexander Study I, 2011. Oil on paper, 53 x 40 inches. © Kehinde Wiley. Photo: kehindewiley.com © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.