|Victor Vasarely (1906-1997)--art that's not easy on the eyes.|
|Zebras, 1938, Victor Vasarely|
|Blue Study, 1929, |
To the uninitiated, it would not be difficult to confuse the works of Riley and Vasarely. As for giving you a "quick and easy" rule of thumb in differentiating between them; Riley's work tends to deal more with lines while Vasarely's deals with optical masses, particularly the square and cube. As with all such guidelines, there are exceptions in both artists' work. Riley sometimes used squares and Vasarely, perhaps unavoidably, sometimes used lines to make our eyes hurt. Worse, it seems almost as if they were imitating one another at times. Beyond that, Vasarely's work tends to be more suffused with color than does Riley's optical illusions.
|OB-NEG, 1955, |
|Gestalt V, 1970, Victor Vasarely|
|The Foundation Vasarely Museum, (1972) designed and funded by |
the artist in Aix-en-Provence, France.