Is it an exciting cityscape, a stark but bustling metropolis at night? Summer in the City? The colours and shapes of a quirky jazz improvisation, totally free yet based on agreements and rules? Or a raging sea made calm with stylised serenity?
The ‘mother painting’ from 1978 is coloured white, light yellow, dark yellow, orange, red, purple and blue. Starting at the top and going down, the painting becomes blue at exactly halfway. Even Joan herself does not know exactly why.
The Dutch artist is a driven painter. Cannot be otherwise with such a labour intensive and concentrated canvas such as Fac7 and the hundreds of variations that have followed on from the ‘mother ship’ from 1978. It is never boring, even after the thousandth time.