Woman in China shocked at her self-portrait oil painting

A woman from north-west China recently received a most disappointing gift: a self portrait that looks nothing like her.

The woman, known as Bai He, had ordered the oil painting for herself to celebrate her 22nd birthday, but she was shocked to see its poor quality when she received it.

The painter, who runs a painting-selling business on social media, said the photograph Bai He had provided ‘was not very great anyway’, but he has agreed to refund Bai He half of the money.

A month later, the painter sent her the work, which Bai He claimed it looked nothing like her

Bai He sent the painter a portrait photograph of herself and paid £286 for an exact oil painting

Bai He, 22, owns a clothing shop at the Jinyin Lady’s Market in Chongqing in south-west China.

It’s reported that Bai He shared some of her holiday selfies on social media and her friends marvelled at how beautiful she was in the pictures. 

One friend suggested to Bai He that she should turn one of the portraits into an oil painting to celebrate her beauty and youth.

Bai He thought it was a good idea, so she sent a picture to a oil painter, Mr Dai. After negotiation, Bai He agreed to pay Mr Dai 2,500 yuan (£286) for a portrait measuring 60 x 80 cm (23.6 x 31.5 inches).

In the picture, the fair-skinned Bai He was wearing a beige slip dress with her long, black hair flowing in the wind. 

According to Sina.com, Bai He asked Mr Dai to show her the painting one day before her birthday.

Mr Dai sent her a picture of the painting, which left Bai He in shock.

Bai He said in the painting her face proportion was different from real life and the colour was not right.

‘The painting looks nothing like me,’ she told a local reporter. 

She sent the picture of the painting to her friends in a group chat. Most of her friends agreed that the Bai He in the painting looked 50 years older.

Bai He, from Xinjiang, opened a clothing shop in Chongqing city for two years (file photo)

Bai He, from Xinjiang, opened a clothing shop in Chongqing city for two years (file photo)

She complained to Mr Dai, who replied ‘the picture ‘was not very great anyway’.

Zhang XiaoZhu, a professional oil painter, told the reporters: ‘There are no standards to define if a painting is beautiful or not’.

However, he agreed that Bai He’s portrait was not a good one.

‘The proportion is not right, her figure is altered, the structure of person and the background is off and the colour is not right,’ Zhang explained.

Bai He requested a 50 per cent refund, which Mr Dai agreed on. 

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