Victor Vasarely, Gestalt 4Image: articalillusion.altervista.org Victor Vasarely, Gestalt 4
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In this piece by Vasarely, different coloured marble plates have been arranged in order to create a three-dimensional shape. This has been achieved through an optical illusion, which is not the first of its kind. So what are the origins of this innovative style?

Optical illusions and three-dimensional shapes can be dated as far back to Pompeii, at the Casa del Fauno. Excavated in the 1830s, archeologists uncovered a floor mosaic that plays with optical illusions.

Marble rectangular table top, 84.5 x 160 cm, 18th-19th century Marble rectangular table top, 84.5 x 160 cm, 18th-19th century

Mosaic from Casa del Fauno, PompeiiImage: via zdf.de Mosaic from Casa del Fauno, Pompeii
Image: via zdf.de

Dating back even further, mosaics from the Ancient Greek city of Corinth featured geometric patterns which are not unlike Vasarely et al Op art of the 1960s.

In the 18th century through to modern day, using marble for both it's strength as a material as well as its aesthetic appeal became a trend in Western interior design.

Pair of marble table tops with marbles, 82,5 x 51,5 cm / 90 x 59 cm, 18-19th century Pair of marble table tops with marbles, 82,5 x 51,5 cm / 90 x 59 cm, 18-19th century

Mosaic from Corinth, Greece Image: argolis.de Mosaic from Corinth, Greece
Image: argolis.de

Marble round table top ,D: 120 cm, 20th century Marble round table top, D: 120 cm, 20th century

Just goes to show, nothing is truly an original...

All pieces featured will be part of Wannenes sale on 7th and 8th March, 2017. Previews will take place from 3rd to 6th March. Ceramics, glass, Old Masters and 19th paintings will all be featured in the sale. Check out the full catalogue here.

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