Victor Vasarely - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, USA (acquired directly from the artist)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Crystalline and coursing with vital energy, Vasarely’s 1972 work, Tridim-Kek, is exemplary of the artist’s persistent exploration of colour and form to create the appearance of three-dimensionality. Combining the techniques developed in his progressive Alphabet Plastique and 1969 Gestalt series’, Tridim-Kek demonstrates the artist’s preoccupation with manipulating small units of colour, encased in geometric forms, which are repeated and contrasted to create a snake-like movement throughout the work. Deep cobalt, sapphire and azure blues provide a patchwork of tonal relationships, provoking the viewer’s eye to wander over the rhythmic motion of the central form. Contrasting highlights of triangles, diamonds and parallelograms offer structural harmony to the suspended celestial form. Conveying the geometric composition of a snowflake, in Tridim-Kek Vasarely seeks to channel both the rigidity of science with the spontaneity of nature to achieve formal and tonal harmony.



signed, titled and dated 'VASARELY V Vasarely "TRIDIM KEK" 1972' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
143 x 99.8 cm (56 1/4 x 39 1/4 in.)
Painted in 1972, 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.

£80,000 - 120,000 ‡♠

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017