After a trip to Egypt in 1979/80 the artist began a series of stripe paintings with related colours she had seen in the tombs there.
Winter Palace by Bridget Riley, 1981
2003 © Bridget Riley, all rights reserved
- Oil on linen
- 212 x 184 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £9,000 ( Total: £36,500)
- Acquired in:
- Karsten Schubert Ltd
Winter Palace takes its name from the old Winter Palace hotel in Luxor where Riley stayed. The painting illustrates a change to a different concern in which the artist has used a deliberate simulated music structure to create harmonies, using contrasting chords of colour moving across the surface. Just as in her earlier optical pictures, a vibrant surface is created with vertical bands causing the eye constantly to refocus, moving forward and back in space as one colour then another asserts a pull.
Karsten Schubert Gallery