Bridget Riley
Cantus Firmus 1972–3

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Bridget Riley born 1931
Cantus Firmus
Date 1972–3
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2413 x 2159 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Not on display

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The title is a musical term describing a regular metric and harmonic theme upon which variations of melody and rhythm, voices or instruments are based. Here the proportions and positions of the colours - the blacks, whites and even the greys - are repeated in the same order throughout. Only the greys vary in moving from a light tone, close to the colour bands on both sides, to a deeper, nearly black shade just off-centre. This subtle movement and the displacement of balance give a surprising sense of depth to an otherwise flat space.

August 2004

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