X7054 Bridget Riley Red With Red 1, 2007 Oil on linen, 177.5 x 255 cm Private collection © Bridget Riley, 2010. All rights reserved. Courtesy Karsten Schubert, London.

Credit Bridget Riley in her studio, 1960s © 2010 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved s15

While Bridget Riley is best known as a celebrated exponent of the Op Art movement in the Sixties, and general amazing artist ever since, as a student she found inspiration in paintings that are initially surprising considering her bold, abstract style.

And it’s the relationship between Op Art and the old masters held at The National Gallery which is key to a new exhibition, Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Works. Because when you see works chosen by Riley (Raphael, Mantegna and Seurat) hanging next to her key pieces as well as brand-new works, it doesn’t seem so incongruous after all. Movement, abstract qualities and discipline are evident throughout whether the painting was created in 1450, 1962 or 2010.

Proof of her devotion is her first artistic endeavour, a copy of a van Eyck master.

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

X7048 Bridget Riley Man with a Red Turban (After van Eyck), 1946 Oil on canvas, 66 x 56 cm Private collection © Bridget Riley, 2010. All rights reserved. Courtesy Karsten Schubert, London.

X7050 Bridget Riley Arrest 3, 1965 Acrylic on linen, 175 x 192 cm Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow © Bridget Riley, 2010. All rights reserved. Courtesy Karsten Schubert, London.

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