Contemporary Print Market Report
Bridget Riley: Rose - Signed Print

Signed Print

Bridget Riley


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 1978
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 55cm x W 70cm

Critical Review

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.

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