As the first Filipino to be awarded a nine-month scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux Arts of the University of Paris in September 1950, National Artist Vicente Manansala had the life-changing opportunity to be steeped in the intellectual and artistic life of Europe. Throughout the week, he would paint outdoors on the streets, frequenting the same haunts as modern masters like Picasso, Braque, and Matisse. This watercolor, replete with the verve of Parisian city life, is a testament not only to Manansala’s skill as a watercolorist and draftsman, but as a master of space. Here, the lines clearly converge at the end of the tunnel, travelling diagonally across the frame in refreshing departure from the more traditionally straight composition. Though the frame is small, the interplay of heavy and light strokes suggest the playing of light across extended space, making the viewer feel present at the tunnel, standing next to the master himself as he paints.