Bridget Riley

Learning from Seurat

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


In 1959, Bridget Riley painted a copy of Georges Seurat’s The Bridge at Courbevoie (1886–87), one of the highlights of The Courtauld Gallery. This experience represented a significant breakthrough for Riley, offering her a new understanding of colour and perception. This special display bring together this key work by Seurat with seven paintings by Riley, spanning 1960–85.


A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition – published by The Courtauld Gallery and Ridinghouse – featuring 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. 


See further information on the Ridinghouse website.


Bridget Riley: Learning from Seurat

The Courtauld Gallery, London

17 September–17 January 2016

September 2, 2015