ARTWORK SPOTLIGHT: Victor Vasarely, Le Jongleur

Widely considered the founder of the Op Art movement, Hungarian-born Vásárhelyi Győző, or Victor Vasarely as he is better known, was a defining figure of twentieth-century art. Op Art is considered an abstract style, which uses the repetition and distortion of simple forms to create the impression, or the illusion, of movement. Executed in 1985, Le Jongleur is an incredibly rare example of Vasarely combining Op Art and the human form. As optical effects are much harder to achieve using figuration, works such as Le Jongleur - particularly originals of this scale and quality - scarcely appear on the market. 

Choosing the subject matter of the juggler, is a playful salute to the trickery at the heart of Vasarely’s trompe l’œil inspired works. Alongside jugglers, harlequins and sportsmen were favourites of the artist -  all serving to highlight his continual emphasis on fun and excitement. 

Vasarely’s impact on the course of art and culture has been paramount, with renowned artists such as Bridget Riley and Auguste Herbin citing him as a major influence. During his lifetime, the first museum dedicated to Vasarely opened at the Renaissance palace in Gordes, in the south of France, which contained five hundred of his works. In 1976, a second enterprise, the Foundation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence, was inaugurated by President Georges Pompidou, housed in a building designed by Vasarely himself. Today, his work can be found in public and private collections globally, and most recently in 2019, the Pompidou Centre dedicated an exhibition to Vasarely titled ‘Sharing Forms’.

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