Victor Vasarely was a French artist of Hungarian descent, the founder of the op art style. One of his earliest works created in this style is considered the painting “Zebra” (1937) – here black and white optical contrasts give rise to a game of tunable configurations.
In the 1930s, Vasarely began to write the first geometric works, a series of portraits testifies to searches in the spirit of post-Cubism. The experiments on the schematization of an object, its decomposition into discrete signs, continued until the end of the 1940s, when Vasarely, having come to the conclusion that internal geometry exists in nature, turned to abstractionism.
In his 1950s painting, black-and-white figures embedded in a lattice structure give rise to the illusions of flashes, spasmodic movements, flicker, elastic shocks. The craftsmanship with which Vasarely causes dazzling optical vibrations has determined his leading role in the direction of op art.
Since the 1960s, Vasarely’s plastic language has been enriched with color – contrasting colors create the illusion of surface vibrations.