Canvas, 73.5 x 60.5 cm,
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder
Colour and shape are the main ingredients in this powerful composition. In fact, nowhere in the painting does De Bray use line: even the contours are suggested by shape. Clearly De Bray has tried to preserve the illusion of reality, while atternpting to incorporate as much abstraction as possible. This applies especially to the coloration, based largely on the three primary colours, red, yellow and blue. This simplicity gives the painting tremendous power, which adds enormously to its spontaneous character.
Although De Bray appears to simplify the rendering of texture, viewed from a distance, the effect is actually more subtle. Note the sensitive faces of the girls, which are finely modelled with apparently simple shadows. Or the hands, that seem rough from close by, but suddenly acquire gentleness from afar. Similarly, their shawls, which seem from nearby no more than a mass of paint, become a rich cloth of a deep, glistening, heavy material at a distance.