Descendants II is, just like the Decendants made more or less at the same time, actually a descendant of my watercolor Rietveld. The solution found there by accident has been consciously used in this work and the larger openings, in combination with the slender tubes, provide a rich palette of shadows. In addition to the first one-tubular frame chair from Mart Stam, I filled the area with all kinds of followers or descendants.
Rietveld is the first watercolor where I, stuck in the background, made the rigorous decision to cut it away. That unintentionally turned out to be a golden opportunity. By mounting another background behind it with some space in between, the light creates shadows on that background, creating a dynamic and much richer tonal depth.
63 x 83 x 3