In this series of articles, I will give you, dear friends and readers, a simplified idea of the main styles and movements of painting.



Cosmic Travel _ 2003_ Henrique José Teixeira Matos

Photo author: Oporto/Porto – Portugal. Source:

Op art, or optical art, is an expression used to describe certain artistic practices and researches made since the 1960s, which exploit the fallibility of the eye through illusions or optical games.                                                                [ ]


Carlos Cruz-Diez. Mural physiography, ca. 1980 (detail).
Polished metal and silkscreen foils on aluminum.
200 x 570 cm.
Lieu: National Art Gallery. Fine Arts, Caracas, Venezuela

Author: Cristóbal Alvarado Minic. Source: (Some rights reserved)

Works of op art are essentially abstract. The pieces give the impression of movement, brightness of light and vibration or alternate movements. These visual solicitations place the body of the spectator in an unstable situation, between pleasure and displeasure                                                                                             
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Silverstone II” by Frank Stella at Hess Collection gallery

Photo author: JD Lasica. Source: (Some rights reserved)

Unlike kinetic art or cinema, whose first manifestations date back to the 1910s with futurism, then some works by Marcel Duchamp or Alexander Calder, where the work is animated by movements, the effects of illusion that Produce op art works remain strictly virtual, only inscribed on the surface of the retina, the eye is the motor of the work, there is no motor in the work. There are works combining the two processes; To qualify them we speak of “art opticokinetics”                            [ ]


A celebration of the 1000th work of art being added to the Visual Mashups pool, and the hearts of 100 Visual Mashup artists

Author: qthomasbower. Source: (Some rights reserved)


Work of Vasarely in front of the Pálosok church (Pálosok templom), in Pécs, Hungary.



Colorful abstract background

Photo author: Viscious-Speed. Source:

Photo of the title: kooky environment piece by Yaacov Agam

Author: Roger. Source: (Some rights reserved)

10 réflexions sur “PAINT MOVEMENTS: OP ART

  1. yeees dear Robert.
    The same neurons, the same eyes and the same gray matter, which produce these artistic creations.
    The trick: how we use our internal organs and software.

  2. Very trippy & totally groovy, man!
    Seriously, a very nice selection, Mssr.A.A. A very festive, happy feel to these pieces. I particularly like the Carlos Cruz-Diez piece – – some of the pop art patterns are also interesting because of the tricks our eyes play on us – – the illusory effects, the ghost images, sensation of movement or waves, etc. A reminder that what we see, or think we see, may be an illusion or distortion. We are after all just two-eyed animals, dependent on neurons and little gray cells that play us false

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