Hungarian-born French Abstract Painter
Victor Vasarely (born in Pecs, Hungary in 1908), who has lived in Paris since 1930, was beginning to study geometric abstration at the time he created the 1946 Air France Amerique du Sud poster early in his 'Belle Isle'' / Cristal'' periods.
Best known as the ''father'' figure of Op Art, Vasarely went through a number of styles to get there. During his start as a graphic designer, he was influenced by the artists of the Bauhaus and early Abstract Expressionism. He unstintingly took these principles to new levels of geometric precision and fostered the Op Art movement. His brilliant works went mainstream, in the forms of posters and fabrics