From the end of the 1940s, Vasarely stood apart from his contemporaries through his efforts to renew the fundamentals of abstract art from the inside. He believed that this art form was too strongly marked by a stiff figurative approach. His views on abstract art led him to make radical choices.
In pursuit of “the internal geometry of nature”, he used – and overused – black and white and emphasized fracture lines. The onlooker’s gaze is lost in optical illusions and a mass of unstable shapes and colors.Yanina II (1956), for example, is made up of elliptic shapes that play with the onlooker’s eyes and mind.