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Bridget Riley, R.A. (b. 1931)
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Bridget Riley, R.A. (b. 1931)

Study for a Painting

Bridget Riley, R.A. (b. 1931)
Study for a Painting
signed, inscribed and dated 'Study for painting./Bridget Riley '85' (lower left)
pencil and bodycolour
30½ x 21½ in. (77.5 x 54.5 cm.)
with Juda Rowan Gallery, London.
Colonel Alexander Gregory-Hood, O.B.E., M.C., by whom given to the present owner's father, and by descent.
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'One can see that the 'stripe' paintings of 1980-85 hold a unique position in Riley's work in the sense that they mark the apex of her transition from the earlier, chromatic use of colour to the spatial and 'plastic' emphasis of the most recent paintings. Indeed at moments she comes very close to realising a dream of every colourist - to make the spectator oblivious of form' (see R. Kudielka, The Paintings of the years 1982-1992 in the context of the previous work, Hayward Gallery exhibition catalogue, London, 1992, p. 42).

The present work, which has a palette of at least ten different colours, conforms to her broadened colour range in 1985. 'Her analysis of Renoir's colour in the spring of 1985 - during the great retrospective at the Hayward - obviously bore fruit. And yet, the opulence also reveals that, once again, a creative period was drawing to a close' (op. cit, pp. 42, 44).

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