Blue and Pink (Krefeld Print), 2001
Screenprint on paper
45,7 x 134 cm
This silkscreen print is a horizontal frieze with alternating irregular curvilinear forms in pale pink and vibrant blue. It is one of a number of works using repeated curved forms that Riley began making in 1997. Since her move into pure geometric abstraction in the early 1960s, Riley has worked in series, focussing for several years on a particular formal theme. The curvilinear paintings and prints of the late 1990s and early twenty-first century employ overlapping curved segments, typically in combinations of no more than five colours. The works are structured on a diagonal grid. In Blue and Pink it is possible to follow a series of implicit diagonal lines moving from bottom left to top right, giving the print a sense of movement.
In its use of curved forms and harmonious colour scheme, Blue and Pink suggests the influence of the late work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954). The palette of Riley’s print particularly recalls the background colours of Matisse’s Paris Dance Mural, 1931-3 (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris).