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Taïmyr 1958

Not on display

This geometric painting was composed by Vasarely to create a sense of movement. As the eye of the viewer follows the fragmented diamond shapes around the circle in the centre, the forms seem to spin, like the sails of a windmill. By the mid-1950s Vasarely was producing paintings, in which asymmetrical, geometric patterns, repeated with varying degrees of frequency and distortion, produce extraordinary, optical effects of depth and movement. Vasarely often gave his paintings titles of geographical origin; Taïmyr is the name of a lake and river in the far north of Russia.


  • Acc. No. GMA 1279
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 162.00 x 130.00 cm (framed: 166.40 x 133.40 x 4.10 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1973