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Painted wood relief-multiple, in six colours. 1967. Signed in ink on the original label on the reverse – as originally issued. Numbered from the edition of 50 on the label. Issued by Galerie Denise René, Paris 1967.
Provenance: Galerie Denise René, Paris. With Denise René exhibition label.
Private Collection, Germany.
With very fine fresh paint colours. In the original presentation form, as issued.
Overall: 380 x 360mm.
In the late 1960’s Vasarely’s focus moved away from predominantly black and white imagery into the use of juxtaposed primary colours on a pattern of contrasted but interlinked relief forms. The optical movement (movement cinétique) is derived from the transition of the eye over the differing levels of surface within the arrangement. It is stimulated by the visual interaction of the shapes and through the contrasts of brilliant colour laid on totally smooth anonymous surfaces.
In developing these ideas Vasarely created some versions as monumentally large wall sculptures, some even 6 to 8 metres high – wonderful versions of which can be seen in the Vasarely Museum – the Fondation Vasarely – in Aix-en-Provence. He also made small domestic-size works using the same ideas which he sold through the Denise René Gallery in Paris. Topaz Blanche is one of these. They are iconic works in the development of his use of kinetic movement to create an involuntary sense of ‘spacial sculpture’.