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Between and Mortarboard

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Victor Vasarely

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
relief etching on paper

15 in x 11 in (38.1 cm x 27.94 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

Subject matter
Part of the series Morphemes Suite, this work is an example of Vasarely's search for the purest aesthetic elements in terms of shape and color. The term "morphemes" reiterates this theme of reducing the language, here a visual one, to the most essential without losing meaning. This work comes from the artist's "Black and White" period of the 1960's, during which time he began to develop the style which would become known as Op Art.

Physical Description
This print has a series of horizontal, intersecting lines at the bottom of the scene and, at the top, a large oval in relief with two smaller, black ovals within. The print is numbered (l.l.) "38/75" and signed (l.r.) "Vasarely" in pencil.

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Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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