Lot 201
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Julio Le Parc

80,000 - 120,000 USD
100,000 USD
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  • Julio Le Parc
  • Relief Couleur (Série 3, Numéro 8)
  • signed on the reverse
  • acrylic on wood


Galerie Denise René, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner 

Catalogue Note

Argentine-born Julio Le Parc left for France in 1958 after receiving a grant from the French Cultural Service. It was in Paris where Le Parc pioneered some of the most definitive contributions to the Kinetic and Op Art movements. A career spanning over sixty years, his radical and innovative approach to light, movement and perception had far sweeping consequences not only on his direct counterparts in Europe but also on contemporary artists working today.

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.