Artwork / Crime Against Nature / Father and Child (Dayak Fruit Bat)
I painted many fathers and babies for this series, but I’ve not done that many among my paintings of humans, unless you count this one or this full family portrait.
Father and child is actually based on a famous painting of the Virgin and Child by Jean Fouquet, something I discuss in my talk for TEDxGeneva.
Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image.
Sometimes boys feed babies.
Among mammals, the female tends to be more involved in childcare than the male since the young gestate inside the female’s body where the male cannot access them. That said, not all male mammals fail to parent actively. For example, male Dayak fruit bats can produce milk to feed their young from their nipples.