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Song of Orpheus 5

Bridget Riley (English, born in 1931)


195.6 x 259.7 cm (77 x 102.25 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Acrylic on linen

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe



Riley first gained recognition in the 1960s for her optically engaging abstract paintings. By the late 1970s - in large works such as this one - she had evolved away from black-and-white geometric patterning toward an increasingly complex focus on creating “colored light” through repeated juxtapositions of bands of color. Although tightly controlled, the surface of this painting seems to undulate as precisely placed lines of complementary colors twist, alternately emerging and melding together.


The artist; 2000, with PaceWildenstein, New York; purchased by MFA, Boston, November 15, 2000

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Martin M. Hale, gift of the Linde Family Foundation, and Eloise and Arthur Hodges


2004 © Bridget Riley. All rights reserved.