The present study relates to the 1963 painting Broken Circle (Private Collection), itself part of a group of works in 1963-4 that use the simple circular form as their basic element. In Broken Circle, and the related Interrupted Circle (sold in these rooms 22nd June 2005, lot 8, for £288,000), Riley breaks and remakes the original image, itself initially unbalanced by the complex placement of the concentric circles, similar to that seen in Uneasy Centre, again of 1963. Cutting the sheet into four, Riley then places the pieces in such a way that when the circles are reconnected, the composition creates a startlingly three-dimensional image.
Originally acquired from Gallery One, the avant-garde London gallery run by Victor Musgrave where Riley had her first solo exhibition in 1962.
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