Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997)
Chadar - II
Oil on canvas 70 x 84 cm
Signed lower right and inscribed at the back: 190 Vasarely 1953 / 66
Provenance: Galerie Semiha Huber, Zürich; private collection.
Inspired by the cracks on the tiles of the walls of the Denfert-Rochreau metro station in Paris, by the peculiar way in which glass breaks, and by the seemingly haphazard manner in which the waves have shaped and organized the pebbles at the Belle-Isle-sur-Mer beaches, these works from the 1940's, early and mid 50's, compose the first coherent and identifiable set of abstract works by the artist.
This period, though still lyrical in style, is marked by a rigorous geometrical approach.
"Notes brutes" 1950
"I have faith in the advent of a polychrome and multidimentional technological art that will radiate as the first purely visual language void of any anecdotic or literary references."