Interlacing Triangles

Accession Number
1983/1.170

Title
Interlacing Triangles

Artist(s)
Bridget Riley

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1972

Medium & Support
gouache and pencil on paper

Dimensions
23 in x 23 13/16 in (58.5 cm x 60.5 cm);26 1/16 in x 26 1/16 in (66.2 cm x 66.2 cm);23 1/4 in x 23 11/16 in (59.1 cm x 60.1 cm)

Subject matter
This drawing of interlacing triangles comes from Riley's most experimental period.  At the end of the 1960s, Riley began experimenting with color in her works.  In drawings, such as Interlacing Triangles, she was interested in placing various colors next to each other.  She sought to explore the optical impacts of these colors weaving in and out and between each other.

Physical Description
Drawing in pencil and gouache of four triangles. The four along the top alternate orientation, point ing down then up. They are  colored in yellow, lavender, and green. Along the bottom are small pencil sketches of triangular forms and two more painted triangles in darker shades of green, purple, and gold. The artist has signed and titled the work on the left side. On the verso is an inscription R 11-17.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
study

Additional Object Classification(s)
Drawing

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
color (perceived attribute)
geometric shape
geometric shapes
modern and contemporary art
studies (visual works)
study
triangles
triangles (polygons)

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