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Optically illusory or 'Op-Art' painting composed of wavy coloured lines, broadening and narrowing slightly to give the impression of diagonal ripples. Pale overall painting with yellow, blue, orange and white strips of colour. The title refers to the Greek god of the west wind, causing one to view the pictorial undulations as metaphors for wind pattern or movement. Bridget Riley's titles are carefully selected and often extend the meaning of the works; in this case they refer to the effect or sensation produced by natural phenomena, in referencing the immaterial but sensory movement of the wind.

Manchester Art Gallery





acrylic on linen


H 224.5 x W 107.3 cm

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purchased from the Rowan Gallery, 1977

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Inscription description

Signed brc, on edge of stretcher : Riley '76


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