“Some people think that open-air studies just replicate or emulate nature. Indeed it is easy just to paint what one sees without creatively adding, subtracting or abstracting the essential form of the subject. Such representation is often stereotyped and lifeless. If we observe nature with a discerning eye to find out its characteristics and rhythm, we master natural forms without difficulties”
– Ng Po Wan, 1956 lecture to students at the Hong Kong Academy of Art
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