Op, or Optical, art typically employs abstract patterns composed with a stark contrast of foreground and background – often in black and white for maximum contrast – to produce effects that confuse and excite the eye.

Op art, a type of abstract art that exploits certain optical phenomena to cause a work to seem to vibrate, pulsate, or flicker. Many of the devices employed by practitioners of Op art are based upon the well-known visual illusions to be found in standard textbooks of perceptual psychology, and the Op artist seeks maximum geometrical precision to evoke an exactly prescribed retinal response.

The style developed in the mid-1960s, and leading exponents include Victor *Vasarely and Bridget *Riley.


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