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276 Saturday. Feb. 12th [[strikethrough]] October 2 [[/strikethrough]] AM - To Gor-Booths at 9 AM for photographs - then at 10 to pick up stretcher. In afternoon started transposing first drawing of U Nu to canvas - hateful task to do same measurements instead of doing a new, free interpretation. Eve - Phil Hauser called to go with Louis, Dorothy & myself to a Burmese girl's party - (Florie) secretary to Hla Maung. Chinese dinner & dancing, pleasant. Sunday, Feb. 13 - AM - Little work on U Nu - Afternoon Mary Caudle - to see about a portrait. Arranged with her for 350- first sitting Wednesday. In evening - a dinner party in our garden for the artists - U Hla Shain & wife, Bo Let ya & wife, Mr. Mrs. Cassidy of Burma Amer. Institute, Mr. Mrs. John Baddeley, 277 Artists' Gathering Rangoon Sunday Feb. 13 [[strikethrough]] October 3 [[/strikethrough]] Frederick (Fritz) Shoemaker, Mr. Mrs. Barnes. The Welsings. U Ba Kyi, Maung Tai Aye, Harry Ang, U Mo Lwin, Mo Lwin. Ended with a discussion on problems of Burmese artists, with Louis introducing U Hla Shain who spoke of his article in The Guardian & mentioned the influence my drawings had made on his way of thinking. Quite revolutionary for an academician to advocate the 'middle way' - between conservatism & modern approach to art. I urged them to start again - the Burmese Council or Association of Artists & to start working for a 1) Reduction of tariff on art supplies 2) Govt. Sponsorship of artists regarding commissions for decoration of public buildings, etc. 3) To hold out of door exhibits to bring art to public & stimulate interest in art.
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