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The artwork “Narcissique” from the collection “Amour”, created by Eugénie Bérubé, approaches the theme of narcissism in an abstract and highly geometric manner. It depicts a character who thinks primarily of themselves, disregarding their partner and family in order to satisfy their own personal needs. This egocentric character, who uses and manipulates those around them, is brought to the forefront in this painting.
The vibrant color palette used in the artwork, with pink being prominently featured, captures the viewer’s attention and creates a striking contrast. Pink can be interpreted as a symbolic color, evoking sweetness, tenderness, and love, but in the context of this artwork, it may also represent the artificial, superficial, and often deceptive nature of narcissism. It can thus reinforce the depiction of an individual who masks their true nature behind a seductive facade, while ignoring the needs and emotions of those around them.
The artwork “Narcissique” also features an interesting geometric composition, showcasing the character’s arms with square angles at 90 degrees. This geometric representation can be interpreted as a self-assertion of the main character, indicating “this way” or pointing to themselves. It may also evoke the idea of a person who positions themselves above others, imposing their will and exaggerated ego.
It is also noteworthy that the artist, Eugénie Bérubé, used the traits of a person who manipulated her for professional purposes to create this artwork. This adds a personal and assertive dimension to the artwork, which may express the artist’s emotions and experiences in relation to this person and their manipulation.
50.8 X 40.64 cm