In addition to his profession as a free artist, Walter Dexel also worked in typography and advertising. During the interwar years, his works combined ideas derived from Constructivism with a keen interest in industrial design. ‘Painting on Glass II’ is characterised by its geometric formal repertoire and its nuanced palette: red bars, a light blue semicircle and black and white hooks jointly create a complex pictorial architecture. The technique of reverse glass painting dates back to the Gothic period. It is with such abstract images that Dexel translated this traditional genre into a radically modernist form of expression.