Rose is a signed screen print, produced by Op artist Bridget Riley in 1978. The print depicts a composition made out of waved lines. The formulaic pattern of coloured lines captures the way intricacy and precision marks the works produced by Riley. The use of waved lines in this composition creates a sense of movement which results in a visually stimulating print.
The print belongs to the Waves collection which Riley worked on in the 1970s and 1980s. The collection is composed of works which all depict patterns of waved lines which evoke a sense of undulating movement. Unlike the Stripes collection, in which Riley produces works based on vertical and horizontal lines rendered in bright colours, the colours Riley employs in the Waves collection are less pure. Riley’s interest in colour was influenced by renowned artists such as Georges Seurat and Henri Matisse and traces of Italian Futurism and Pointillism shine through in Riley’s works.
In Rose, Riley uses a selection of mixed hues, experimenting with tone and exploring how this affects perception. The optical effect created by the waved lines can be described using the term Op Art which refers to the way in which certain patterns in artworks can create the illusion of movement.