Sale: 437 / Post War I, Dec. 10. 2016 in Munich Lot 823

 
823
Victor Vasarely
Korna, Ca 1952.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 110,000
Sold:
€ 275,000 / $ 302.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Korna. Ca 1952.
Acrylic on canvas.
Lower right signed. Verso twice signed as well as dated, titled and with dimensions. 205 x 186 cm (80.7 x 73.2 in).
This work was completed in 1972 based on the conceptions prevailing between 1952 and 1960.

This work's authenticity has been confirmed by Pierre Vasarely. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné of paintings by Victor Vasarely, currently compiled by the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence.

PROVENANCE: IBM, Zurich.
Sotheby´s London, Contemporary Art Part II, 30 June 1994, lt 143.
Private collection Hesse (acquired in the 1990s).

EXHIBITION: Vasarely. Erfinder der Op-Art, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen 9 November 1997 - 25 January 1998/ Kunstverein Wolfsburg 8 February - 19 April 1998/ Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop 17 May - 23 August 1998 (with exhibition label on stretcher).

Essay
In the 1950s Vasarely made his "Manifest Jaune“, the Yellow Manifesto, in which he outlined his program of Kinetic Art. The central idea is not to illustrate motion through the employment of mechanic means, but to make the observer's eye believe that it perceives motion through the usage of artistic means. In this context he created a number of pictures in black and white, our work is part of this series, which mark an important step in artist's cubistic fragmeatation of forms: "Vasarely's contribution to Kinetic Art is limited to […] a selection of structures that activate sight and bedazzle on the level of perception. The uncertainty of perception is biggest where Vasarely decided to liberate the composition from its constructivist issues and to piece it together from patterns. The period of the 'Blanc et Noir‘ works marks the transition, as the superimposed surfaces were dispersed into grids divided into small sections, in the style of a Cubist 'plans superposées‘. The image's dynamic rhythm and the dotted lines call reminiscence of Mondrian's 'Broadway Boogie Woogie‘.“ (Quote after ex. cat. Vasarely. Erfinder der Op-Art, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen 9 November 1997 – 25 January 1998/ Kunstverein Wolfsburg 8 February – 19 April 1998/ Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop 17 May – 23 August 1998, p. 120).
823
Victor Vasarely
Korna, Ca 1952.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 110,000
Sold:
€ 275,000 / $ 302.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)