Zebra by Victor Vasarely

Title: Zebra
Date: 1937
Movement: Op Art
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Location: Private collection

Typical of his early work, Vasarely created two zebras twine around each other against a black background. The overlapping limbs give a chequerboard pattern suggesting spatial depth and generating a sense of intimacy and sexual energy. With no outlines, the forms are defined by the undulating black and white stripes creating curves suggesting the volume of the animals’ bodies. In his use of optical trickery Zebra is one of the earliest works of Op. Art

Artist: Victor Vasarely
Date of Birth: 9 April 1906, Pécs, Hungary
Died: 15 March 1997, Paris, France

Vasarely’s work provides some of the most distinctive images and optical effects of the 20th century. He steered a unique course, combining virtuosic technical precision and geometrical effects. His work speaks quintessential with the concern of what is the difference between what we can see and what is there.

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