Bridget Riley, Study for 'Blaze'


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This drawing includes several indications of Riley's decision-making process. Her inscription at upper right states that 'all angles [must be] as acute as possible', which contrasts with another study for Blaze (1962, Private Collection), where Riley instead considered radiating lines of varying distributions. The collaged piece of paper indicates another change, covering up a previous attempt at the central passage. In the series of 'Blaze' paintings which grew out of this study, the centre is eventually manifested as a void.


  • Title: Bridget Riley, Study for 'Blaze'
  • Date Created: 1962
  • Physical Dimensions: 600 x 550 mm
  • Medium: Black ink and collage
  • Copyright: © 2016 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved / Photo © The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum link: Collection online

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