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Op Art: The Illusion of Movement and Perception

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Op art, short for optical art, is a captivating and influential movement in abstract art that emerged in the 1960s and flourished throughout the 1970s. Known for its mesmerizing illusions and perceptual effects, Op art sought to engage viewers through intricate visual puzzles and dynamic compositions. This movement is often associated with the broader kinetic art movement, but it focuses specifically on the exploration of two-dimensional illusions and visual phenomena. Victor Vasarely - Nora Dell Characteristics of Op Art Op art is fundamentally a graphic art form that relies on precise and methodical techniques to create optical illusions. The primary goal of Op artists is to provoke a sense of movement or instability in the viewer's perception. This is achieved through the strategic use of patterns, lines, and color contrasts that trick the eye into seeing motion or depth where none exists. The works often feature repeating geometric shapes, modular grids, and varying structural