While Le Parc studied sculpture under Lucio Fontana at Academia Privada de Altamira, it was a chance encounter with Victor Vasarely in Buenos Aires and his eventual collaborations with the Hungarian artist in France, which redirected his aesthetic philosophy and artistic production. Julio Le Parc’s works are rigorous experiments. Aptly defined by the artist himself, his works “are a series of continuing quests or research inquiries” that rely primarily on the active participation of the viewer.
Relief couleur (Série 3, Numéro 8) (executed circa 1970) is exemplary of Le Parc’s innovative curiosity and experimentation with the possibilities of color. Spurred by an uncompromising analysis of chromatic variation, Le Parc’s Relief series relies on a modulated, sculptural-like surface that interacts with light and shadow to produce the implication of endless movement and evolving forms. At first glance Relief couleur (Série 3, Numéro 8) appears to have a limited and controlled range of the color spectrum—violet, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Careful examination however, reveals a progressive sequence of tonal-color variation resulting in topographic and highly complex shapes.
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