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Straight lines that appear curved views that display two perspectives at once-these are the trademarks of op art pioneered and pushed to new levels by Victor Vasarely GAUZE bandage-for most this cloth is simply an aid to healing Victor Vasarely looked at the criss-cross threads laid over a childhood cut and it led him to become the Father of Op Art The young Vasarely noticed the threads forming grids on the bandage These formations intrigued him and later in life became the basis of his career in art Op or optical art creates the illusion of movement or apparent change in dimensions by using colors and patterns juxtaposed against each other Vasarely liked the play of positive-negative relationships and how they interacted with each other Instead of making one stand out he would incorporate both aspects into one design causing them to join forces instead of battling one another He was inspired by many different things however the cracked tiles on the walls of a Paris subway station the shapes of beach pebbles and shells and the vibrating chord of the Hungarian cimbalom For Vasarely almost anything which offered a dichotomy of opposites could have been an inspiration BORN VICTOR VSRHELYI IN PCS Hungary in 1908 he had ambitions to study medicine He attended the University of Budapest in 1925 but changed direction in 1927 to begin artistic training at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy also in Budapest From there he studied under painter Sndor Bortnyik known as the Budapest Bauhaus at the Mhely Academy He was featured at the Kovcs kos Gallery in Budapest in 1930 and at the Ernst Museum in 1933 At the same time Vasarelys reputation as an artist was growing the Hungarian government began to associate avant-garde painters with progressive political movements it saw as threatening its regime It began pressuring artists attempting to control the content of
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