Bridget Riley  Learning from Seurat

Text by Karen Serres and Barnaby Wright, Bridget Riley in conversation with Éric de Chassey, preface by Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen
Ridinghouse 2015 and The Courtauld Gallery, London
£12.95  |  $19.95

21 × 21 cm  |  8 1/4 × 8 1/4 in
80 pp, 25 colour illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 909932 15 9

Focusing on Bridget Riley’s seminal encounter with a painting by Georges Seurat, this volume demonstrates how studying Seurat has enabled Riley to extend and transform her visual language.

In 1959, Riley’s copy of Seurat’s The Bridge at Courbevoie (1886–87) offered the artist a new understanding of colour and tone, which led her to produce her first major works of pure abstraction during the early 1960s.


This volume accompanies an exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, London (17 September 2015–17 January 2016) that presents Riley’s paintings with this key work by Seurat in the museum’s collection. Brought together for the first time, it demonstrates a ‘shared preoccupation with perception’ at pivotal points throughout three decades of Riley’s career.


Alongside full-colour illustrations, it includes an introductory text by Karen Serres and Barnaby Wright, an interview with the artist by Éric de Chassey, as well as two essays written by Riley that offer her insights on Seurat’s importance to her own practice.

Éric de Chassey is an art historian, curator and Director of the French Academy in Rome. Karen Serres is Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings at The Courtauld Gallery, London. Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen is Head of The Courtauld Gallery, London. Barnaby Wright is Daniel Katz Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at The Courtauld Gallery, London.

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