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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    The two present lots are exemplary examples of Victor Vasarely’s
    unique effect on art discourse. Schooled in the Bauhaus manner,
    Vasarely was a pioneer of Op art, and his geometric abstractions,
    precisely organised in their colour and form, extend the intrinsic
    role of the viewer. The patterns employed by the artist create a
    sense of fluctuating movement with an almost hallucinogenic effect.
    These perceptions, created by the positive and negative balance of
    space and colour, have a profound consequence – not only do they
    create a sense of movement in three-dimensional space, but they
    also allow the spectator to be the architect of the work. Vasarely’s
    practice of giving his viewer a functional role within his artwork has
    undoubtedly shaped the careers of many practicing artists today.

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Axo-Pir

1976–c. 1990
Acrylic on canvas.
78 × 78 cm (30 3/4 × 30 3/4 in).
Signed ‘Vasarely’ lower centre; further signed, titled and dated ‘“Axo-Pir” 1976 Vasarely’ on the reverse. The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Pierre Vasarely and will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné de l’OEuvre peint de Victor Vasarely currently being prepared by the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £61,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

17 February 2012
London