Op-Art, also known as "Optical Art", is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions. It is a method of painting concerning the interaction between illusion and picture plane, between understanding and seeing. Op art works are abstract, with many of the better known pieces made in only black and white. When the viewer looks at them, the impression is given of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping.

"Movement in Squares" (1961) Bridget Riley

Related Terms: Abstract, Painting Art Styles and Schools.

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