(Pécs, Hungary, 1906–1997 Paris) “Capella-C”, signed Vasarely, on the reverse titled, signed, dated Vaserely 1964, with dimensions, tempera on wooden panel, 100 x 50 cm, framed, (PP)
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Pierre Vasarely. The work will be included in the forthcoming “Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint” being compiled by the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence.
Provenance: Private Collection, France
Vasarely’s uniqueness lies, above all, in his constant attempts to integrate art into daily life, to beautify the city with his works whilst simultaneously to influence and change society. During his artistic career, Vasarely shifted from the geometric representation of nature to abstraction, to the invention of kinetics, so-called op art (optical art). Convinced by the deep connection between the laws of nature and artistic principles, during the 1960s he focused particularly on scientific findings, trying to incorporate these in his art. Thus many titles for the series of works he produced during this period stem from the scientific or astronomical fields. For example, Capella is the brightest star in the Auriga constellation and, at the same time, the 6th brightest star in the firmament. In the series of this name, Vasarely tried to represent this astronomical phenomenon graphically in black & white, by means of plastic analogy.
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