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September 28, 2018, 12:00 PM EST | New York, NY, US    Timed Auction

Lot 407: VICTOR VASARELY (1906 - 1997) | Study for Sophia, In Three Parts, 1952

VICTOR VASARELY (1906 - 1997) | Study for Sophia, In Three Parts, 1952
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
  • Consignment Designation: Property from the Estate of Bernard Chappard
  • Description: acrylic on paper mounted to Masonite, in three parts; each signed; each signed, titled 'Sophia,' dated 'Caracas 1952' and inscribed on the reverse
  • Dimensions: 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.)
  • Catalog 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.

  • Exhibited: 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 
  • Condition: This work is in good condition overall. Each sheet is laid to Masonite. There appears to be artist's tape around the edges of each Masonite board. There are artist's pinholes throughout each sheet. There is discoloration, scattered accretions, some areas of water damage and foxing to each sheet. There is linear creasing to each sheet. There are a series of losses, some of which are visible upon close inspection, which have associated inpainting and stabilization, some of which fluoresce under Ultraviolet light inspection. Framed.
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Lot 407: VICTOR VASARELY (1906 - 1997) | Study for Sophia, In Three Parts, 1952
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September 28, 2018, 12:00 PM EST