ARTWORK OF THE WEEK // VICTOR VASARELY
Born in Hungary in 1906, Victor Vasarely studied medicine before becoming an artist; his interest in science influenced his experimentation with color and optics. He contributed significantly to the evolution of Op (or Optical) Art, an important development in 20th-century painting internationally, in which geometric forms and patterns were used to create visual effects. Vasarely moved to Paris in 1930 and first worked as a graphic artist to support himself while beginning an artistic career influenced by Surrealism as well as design.
Palm Springs Art Museum is fortunate to have thirteen works by Victor Vasarely in its collection—including two paintings and a sculpture, that are part of a group of Op Art installed in the Chase Wing. Along with works by Yaacov Agam and Jesús Rafael Soto, they will be on view when the museum reopens to the public this fall.
Victor Vasarely (French, 1908-1997), Zett-Kek, 1966, tempera on linen, 56 × 56 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Wise, 77-1979.