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The artwork “Contrainte” by Eugénie Bérubé, part of the Amour collection, is a poignant representation of domestic violence. At the center of the canvas, an abstract and geometric figure evokes the form of a woman, recognizable by her breasts. The colors used are predominantly cool, dominated by shades of blue, evoking a sense of coldness and abandonment in the relationship.

The texture of the artwork is highly pronounced, giving the impression that the artist’s spatula strokes are the blows inflicted on the depicted woman, suggesting physical and psychological mutilation. The brushstrokes appear to tear the surface of the canvas, reinforcing the visual impact of the endured violence.

The woman’s eyes are circled in black, perhaps evoking the dark circles caused by tears and distress, but also suggesting a vacant gaze, as if her identity has been erased by the violence suffered. The presence of these circled eyes reinforces the message of the victim’s suffering and isolation.

The artwork exudes an atmosphere of latent violence, with palpable tension between the abstract forms and aggressive textures. It invites reflection on the insidious and destructive reality of domestic violence, highlighting the physical and emotional consequences on the victim.

“Contrainte” is a striking artwork that testifies to the expressive power of art in addressing sensitive subjects such as domestic violence. It challenges the viewer and serves as a reminder of the importance of recognizing, listening to, and supporting the victims of this tragic reality.



Acrylic, oil pastel, and sculpture medium on canvas


91.44 X 121.92 cm

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