Vera Molnár pioneered the use of computer-generated art in the latter half of the 20th Century.
, or around $1.2 million, in less than one hour.
According to the July 26 announcement, the “Themes and Variation”
collection features 500 collectibles via an algorithm combination of 170 color palettes and recursive grids. Auctioneers wrote:
“Themes and Variations is an expansion of Molnár’s 2% d’ordre generative protocol that explores the
power of the grid and randomness of color. Molnár further developed the system
by incorporating the appearance of letters (N, F, T), playfully chosen for this series
as a reference to the technological vehicle of NFTs.”
Born in Budapest in 1924, Molnár was one of the first pioneers of computer-generated imagery,
having started the practice in 1959. She previously lectured at the Université de Paris and had her works
displayed in major European exhibitions. Molnár ventured into the realm of NFTs in 2022. She wrote:
“After decades of exploring how systems and computers can generate artistic outputs, I see this
collaboration with Sotheby’s and Art Blocks as a culmination of those efforts,
providing a new way to generate never-before-seen, unique abstract forms that
are defined by the controlled randomness of machine programming—the essence of the algorithm.”
The collection has surpassed 589 Ether in volume traded on secondary markets such as
OpenSea. At the time of publication, Themes and Variations’ floor price has increased
by over 100% from an average of 1.52 ETH shortly after the sale ended.