Hommage a Bach II. Original etching and aquatint, cca. 1980.
Victor Vasarely was a French painter of Hungarian origin. Influenced by Bauhaus design principles, Kandinsky’s and Malevich’s art and Constructivism, he is known as the “father” and founder of the Op art movement, which artworks create compelling illusions of spatial depth. According to his opinion it was very important for art to completely leave the figuration so it would find a “new world of geometry, full of sun and color”. He achieved illusionistic moments in his artworks, by confronting two perspective systems. This series of black and white artworks from the ’80s is dedicated to one of the greatest composers from the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach and they contain alternating and recurring forms that resemble the alternation of notes in Bach’s compositions. The graphic with grouped repeating black lines on the white background forces us to move backwards and forwards and as we do so, the field appears to move – expanding, contracting and undulating.