French painter of Hungarian descent (1906 - 1997). Victor Vasarely defined one of the most remarkable moments in the history of 20th century art. Vasarely was born in Pécs, Hungary, in 1906. He left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930.
Vasarely wanted to create designs that were universal. A socialist, his goal was to produce an art that could be mass produced and affordable for everyone. He became fascinated with an art of pure visual perception without traditional themes and representational qualities.
"The expression "sense illusion" proves that we are not yet fully conscious, or at least have not yet deemed necessary to incorporate the fact into our ordinary language, that the senses represent things neither wrongly nor correctly. All that can be truly said of the sense-organs is, that, under different circumstances they produce different sensations and perceptions. As these 'circumstances' now, are extremely various in character, being partly external (inherent in the objects), partly internal (inherent in the sensory organs), and partly interior (having their activity in the central organs), it can sometimes appear when we only notice the external circumstances as if the organ acted differently under the same conditions. And it is customary to call the unusual effects deceptions or illusions."