Definition of op art in English:

op art


  • A form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and color, or in which conflicting patterns emerge and overlap. Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely are its most famous exponents.

    • ‘Andrew Graves has painted some pale and wonky op art, as if Bridget Riley had been left out in the rain: so what?’
    • ‘I point out, for example, that what happens in Conner's drawings is very different than what happens in op art.’
    • ‘Li Chung-sheng was a pioneer of abstract painting in the 1950s. Other modernist movements, such as surrealism, Dadaism, pop art, minimalism, and op art, influenced artists in the 1960s and 1970s.’
    • ‘Sure, science can these days count the exact number of molecules in the piece of op art included here by Ludwig Wilding.’
    • ‘Other prints for the 2004 summer season include those inspired by op art, art deco, wallpaper, Asian flowers, Impressionist florals, soft faded Vintage floral blooms and softly tinted romantic Chinoiserie prints.’
    • ‘After World War II, Scandinavian design, abstract expressionism, op art and the postmodern Memphis style were also felt.’
    • ‘Abstract painting was at its peak and op art, auto-destructive art and the sculpture of Caro and others contributed to the originality that helped make London swing.’
    • ‘Having one's vision dilate and fold into enviro-friendly op art might sound tweely retro, but it's still more enthralling than Laib's rack of beeswax boats, delicately scattered rice or a stone slab daubed with milk.’
    • ‘The students used the op art of Dutch artist MC Escher and the pop art of 60s pioneer Roy Lichtenstein to promote the scheme.’
    • ‘We entered a smaller room than most, featuring modernist paintings and sculptures from the surrealist to the abstract expressionist, from op art to found art, from the photographic to the neoraphaelite.’
    • ‘Nice trippy visuals in the background: negative horses, Russian dancers, a pit-head, Bridget Riley op art, an eyeball, windfarms, a bolt of lightning.’
    • ‘Her work is op art: lines, colour and form swim before your eyes and question your normal perception of space.’


1960s: shortened from optical art on the pattern of pop art.


op art

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