Setting Sail

40.5 x 50.5 cm, oil on hardboard, 1960, Landscapes, (487) [P602-60]

40.5 x 50.5 cm, oil on hardboard, 1960, Landscapes, (487) [P602-60]

40.5 x 50.5 cm, oil on hardboard, 1960, Landscapes (487) [P602-60]
© Copyright 2013 Cantra Limited

 

Po Wan’s style loosened up even more.  He abandoned the dark brown base completely.  His colours became bold and rich.  He used his brushstrokes to help create the mood of the picture.  This painting is a quick sketch done on hardboard, rapidly executed in the countryside of the New Territories.  The forms are simple.  The strong directional brush strokes in the foreground create the feel of the sea.  We can imagine the boats swaying.  We can see the complex use of colours through the variety of greens, blues and whites found in the water.  Strong reds and oranges depict the boats and contrast them with the water.

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