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VICTOR VASARELY (1906 - 1997) | Study for Sophia, In Three Parts, 1952

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  • Victor Vasarely (1906 - 1997)
  • Study for Sophia, In Three Parts, 1952
  • Each Board: 9 7/8 by 18 3/8 in. (25.1 by 46.7 cm.); Each Framed: 11 1/8 by 19 5/8 in. (28.3 by 49.8 cm.)
acrylic on paper mounted to Masonite, in three parts; each signed; each signed, titled 'Sophia,' dated 'Caracas 1952' and inscribed on the reverse


Biarritz, Espace Bellevue, 'Passion et raison d'un esprit constructif: Une conquête de l'art d'Amérique Latine, Oeuvres de la Fundación Daniela Chappard,' June - September 2006, cat no. 95, p. 120, illustrated in color 

Catalogue Note

The authenticity of the present work has been confirmed by Pierre Vasarely, President of the Fondation Vasarely, universal legatee and the moral right holder of Victor Vasarely. This work will be included in the forthcoming ‘Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Peint de Victor Vasarely,’ which is currently being compiled by the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence. Vasarely created this as a study for a triptych mural at the University of Caracas, in honor of Sofia Imber, who worked diligently to ensure that many famous artists’ works would go on display at this university. The present work is a striking example of Vasarely’s black and white optical paintings. The realized mural is made of tiles, similar to the broken ones in Parisian subway stations whose patterns inspired Vasarely to pursue optical art.