Bridget Riley, born in London in 1931, was the first woman artist to win the International Prize for Painting when she represented Britain at the 34th Venice Biennale in 1968.
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One of the leading figures of Op Art, Riley explores optical phenomena through the juxtaposition of colored lines or circles.
Her intense paintings seem to vibrate as the viewer moves, enhancing the sensation of movement that emerges from her work.
Static 2 (1969) is one of her paintings, among the most subtle, in which black oval spots are arranged in a grid drawn across a square white canvas.
In contrast to the title of the work, one look at this painting causes a feeling of losing balance, of inner movement.