Oil on canvas
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
An early example of Vasarely’s iconic visual effects, Vega III is a distinctive chequerboard pattern distorted to create illusions of concave and convex shapes within the surface. The depth and movement generated by stretching a linear grid represent a vital moment in not only Vasarely’s style but also in late-20th-century art with the establishment of a key effect of Op Art. Vasarely’s impressions of movement within a static, two-dimensional artwork ingeniously advanced the principles of Kinetic Art established by artists such as Alexander Calder. Kinetic Art generally involved the literal creation of motion, with art depicting the elements of time and space. Works such as Vasarely’s Vega III that didn’t move at all were a development of these principles. Since the Renaissance, painters and artists have exploited the instinctive psychological processes of perception such as Vasarely calling the recognition for the techniques that they utilized. Vega III turns the viewer into an active agent in the creation of the art, contributing to the visual appearance by their movement around it.
Op Art, Kinetic Art, Modernism, Modern Art
Born: 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 really there