NOTE: See also the post below this one which features my photo on the cover of a professional journal. It isn't Life but still very exciting for me!
The Nudes of Pan Yuliang(1899–1977) was a Chinese painter born Zhang Yuliang. Sold to a brothel as a child after the death of her parents, she was raised to become a prostitute. She attracted the attention of Pan Zanhua a wealthy official, who bought her freedom and married her as a second wife. She began painting, eventually traveling to Paris to study, where she won some acclaim. Her paintings of nude models violated cultural norms in China and generated much controversy. She was forced to move to France to pursue her work. She remained there until her death in 1977.
Pan Yuliang Self-Portrait