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Ask The Eye, No Art For Art’s Sake

Dear Eye View,

My long-term girlfriend’s stepfather paints nude pictures of her. He became her stepfather when she was 7 years old, but he didn’t start painting her until she was in her 20s. This is confusing and creepy to me. We are both in our early 30s. He’s 80 and seems to be a down-to-earth, mellow fellow. We even have one of the paintings. It’s a tasteful rendition of her backside with her face looking over her shoulder. I am an extremely liberal man, so posing nude doesn’t bother me. But I didn’t start asking questions until Thanksgiving when he showed us the rest of the paintings, which included frontal portraits. It didn’t feel right, but maybe it’s jealousy on my part. He paints other nude young women, so shouldn’t he just stick with them? I’m confused and can’t figure out what it means in terms of the big picture.

—Confused

Dear Confused

I understand your concern. You said you are extremely liberal and jealous of the fact that your girlfriends stepfather paints her in the nude. Maybe you would like to be painted in the nude by him as well. For starters, suggest being part of their annual family Christmas card. Hope this helps

EV

 

 

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