Painting your Daughter as a Model in the Nude

M G Singh By M G Singh, 19th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/vndzkhh8/
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An artist in China has used his daughter as a model in the nude. Many have felt it is immoral, but many have supported the painter Li Zhuangping

A Forbidden World

Art is supposed to have no barrier, yet there are invisible barriers. One barrier that is broken is in China where a painter named Li Zhuangping has used his nude daughter as a model to depict a wide variety of themes and scenes.

The painter, Li Zhuangping used his daughter, Li Qin as a nude model to pose with various animals, including a tiger and a eagle. The issue came to fore after an art critic, Yuan Zushe, published an article in a local newspaper, China Youth, and termed Li's act of using his 23-year-old daughter for the paintings as unethical. He disapproved of a father using his own daughter to model for him completely nude.

Yuan's criticism is backed by many people in the UAE and India. But the painter is unperturbed as he feels his nude daughter before him is a source of tremendous inspiration.

What do Li's wife and daughter feel about this? Both ladies feel nothing wrong in the nude paintings. Li says his daughter is lovely in nude and he has taken permission of his wife. The daughter does not believe it wrong to pose naked before her father. She feels people should see this posing in the proper light. In other words the daughter completely backed her father saying. She says that she is also a painter and posing naked before her father is a sacred act. She requests other people to understand and be magnanimous.

Though Li is receiving flak on internet, some members from the artist community are supporting him. Many ask that if wives can model in nude for a artist, there is nothing wrong in a daughter posing in nude for a father, who is a painter.

What do I personally feel about this? Maybe its not wrong as Acharya Rajneesh said that one must understand that life has a deeper philosophy.Frankly I would like to see these paintings

A Revolution in Art

Li just cannot be condemned as a man who has broken the moral code. Inspiration has many avenues and this may be one of them.
Two pictures are from wiki commons

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Art And China, Art And Culture, Art And Models, Daughter As Model

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2015 (#)

As long as there is no coercion from his part and the daughter is comfortable, art should triumph - after all it is a personal choice between them. Worse things are happening with us closing an eye! Thanks Madan - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Would you do that to your daughter???

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva a very intelligent comment as usual

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author avatar Retired
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Why not? Artistic modelling is usually done in a highly professional manner, and most models and artists will say that the last thing they have on their mind is any sexual motive.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Would you do that to your daughter???

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Glad you set the record straight John

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author avatar viewgreen
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Wonderful article and sure, I agree with - Siva above. Thank you for sharing this.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Do you have kids???

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you viewgreen

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author avatar GenkiWorld
19th Jan 2015 (#)

a painting like tht was sure to lift eyebrows from the moment the first stroke was painted, in this modern, yet conservative world where people can't even accept same sex relationships, an artist painting daughter in the nude is the ultimate sacrilege for many, but for the sake of art, is worth aplauding, artists have always been revolutionaries at hert.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Has anyone thought about the girl here?? She could be abused to do this?? Its not uncommon in the Chinese society to ill-treat women....

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
19th Jan 2015 (#)

If she was not paid, she was exploited. If she was a minor defntely she was being exploited! If the answer above is no, it's logical that it us but legaal and put under good taste. Would you rather let your daugther pose nude with somebody and paId her for that service? I would probably not IF she was a minor, and simply wanted to put food in out table. Ironically I am an artist and would know better what's good for her.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you SaigonDeManila for your comment

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author avatar Adam Yang
22nd Sep 2019 (#)

Oh, so you think is a problem of the Chinese society? What I am going to tell you is that China is probably one of the strictest countries in its sexual morality. Americans have done way more disgusting things. I don't care what you think about the father and daughter. But you need to watch what you are saying about Chinese moralities.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you GenkiWorld for a lucid comment

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Just another case of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow.
But only thing is that it is biological from the offspring front.
End of the day she is still female with the similar functionality as the wife and will most certainly give a hard-on. Incest is not uncommon although it is termed as unacceptable in the eyes of law.
None the less, it is unhealthy and chances are the girl is abused by her parents and its part of their upbringing of her wherein she is unable decipher right from wrong.
Father sleeping with daughter is not an uncommonality as NONE know the behind the scene story which could be sexual in nature but guised in a painting.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Do I have a daughter, yes and previously a print model. Would I paint her in nude? Yes, if she is comfortable with it(she is in legal age of 25), I believe she will be since her father is not a stranger, I feel more secured too knowing she will never be exploited, she knows I paint, I know she loves my art and it's not taboo. Enough said, seeing your own flesh, in another light of higher level, immortalizing it in the art. -something few mortals would understand.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Great comment Saigon. I agree100% with you

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Interesting army

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
19th Jan 2015 (#)

It's more interesting to know that Lady Aiyanna (commenter) seems none existing! Lol... Seriously i agree with the artist community statement of Li's audicty and choices "In our (artistic) circle, some artists ask their wives to model for them. But asking one’s daughter to model for his work is a first. Not only did he break social norms, he challenged ethics and morality"

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Dear brother Saigo. I will add it is revolutionary

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
20th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you, to end this in artist and urbanized perspective.."“All these can not be imagined by ordinary people, and not ordinary people can reach the highest realm of art.

“Therefore, we should sincerely admire and praise for this pair of father and daugher"

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Jan 2015 (#)

Art is art, I like his works as well he and daughter reached a new trend in painting!

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern

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