Winter Palace by Bridget Riley

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.


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

Venue details

Leeds Art Gallery The Headrow, LEEDS West Yorkshire LS1 3AA 0113 3785350

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