1964 | Glass
The inspirations for these illuminating artworks were the glorious rose and lancet windows of France’s renowned Cathedral of Our Lady at Chartres. The raw Brutalist edges of the sconces suggest the melting of their making. The lights were designed and produced in his BEVO workshop by Amsterdam artist Willem van Oyen, Sr., for Raak. The leading Dutch lighting firm of the mid-20th
century, Raak — which prided itself on Lichtarchitectuur
(“illuminated architecture”) — described these works as smeltschilderijen
: “melted paintings.” Unique, handsome, handmade, their multilayered stained glasses bring deep gradients of colors to the eye.