Sakk

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, USA (acquired directly from the artist)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Drawing on the interplay between the viewer and the canvas, Sakk, with its graduating colour, draws the viewer towards the vortex of the piece. The dizzying illusion, a cosmic dream, carefully constructed against the gridlines of the work sets the scene for a characteristic combination of optics and cybernetics. Vasarely skilfully breaks down the barriers between technology and art, the exact progression of the shapes further displaying the underlying scientific and theoretical foundation of the artist’s plastic experimentations. The precision of the rectangles, presented amidst the interplay of light and shadow fills the canvas with three-dimensionality, encompassing the viewer in the characteristic components of Vasarely’s masterful illusionary oeuvre.

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Sakk

signed 'Vasarely' lower centre; titled '"SAKK"' on the right overlap edge; further signed, titled and dated 'VASARELY Victor Vasarely "SAKK" 1988' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
88 x 88 cm (34 5/8 x 34 5/8 in.)
Painted in 1988, the authenticity of the present work has been confirmed by Pierre Vasarely. The work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Peint de Victor Vasarely, which is currently being compiled by the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence. Pierre Vasarely has suggested that the present work was painted circa 1992.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 ‡ ♠

sold for £50,000

Contact Specialist
Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017