The Liberation of Color — the work reminds one of the artist’s interests in Chinese brushwork. Manansala studied under Chen Hao Sy of Hong Kong and the American Chinese Hwang Chiwang. However, he never did any Chinese brushwork as such. His interest merely covered the mastery of the medium which was watercolor.
This was a discipline that was to spill onto his oil works in his efforts to generate a cubism of his own. But Manansala also incorporated a Euro sensibility in all his works.
Cid Reyes once asked Manansala: “Mang Enteng, gusto ko hong malaman kung sinong mga pintor ang kursunada ninyo, Yun hong bilib kayo. Si Paul Klee ho, balita ko bilib kayo sa gawa niya.
Manansala did not mince his words: ”A oo! Gago talaga ang hindi magugulat ke Paul Klee. Gago talaga…”
Cid Reyes added: “Sa mga American painters ho, sino ang gusto ninyo”
Manansala answered; “Hindi ako masyadong mahilig sa mga American painters. Cid added further: ”E si Georges Braque ho…”
Manansala answered: “Naku sa pa yan! Alam mo, kasama ko ang maybahay ko noong nagpunta kami sa Museum of Modern Art sa New York. Nanood kami. Nakita ng maybahay ko yung gawa ni Braque — isang still life. No kidding, napaiyak ang asawa ko! Ako naman, nangilabot! Tsk tsk, ang ganda! Palagay ko, mas idolo ko si Braque kesa ke Picasso.”