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The painting “S’abaisser” from the “Amour” collection by artist Eugénie Bérubé is a striking representation of a dynamic in romantic relationships where one partner fades into the background to let the other one shine. The canvas is dominated by a character in the foreground, painted in yellow, radiating with happiness and almost glowing in its bright white hue. This character occupies almost the entire space of the canvas, immediately capturing the viewer’s attention.

However, upon closer inspection, another character is noticed in a distant corner of the canvas. This character is pushed down, depicted with cold and dark colors, symbolizing discomfort and the dimming of their own light. Their significance is minimized, almost erased, in contrast to the evident dominance of the yellow character.

The artist plays with the idea of extinguishing oneself to let the other one shine. She poignantly depicts how some romantic relationships can involve an imbalance of power, where one partner sacrifices themselves for the other, fading into the shadows while the other takes all the spotlight.

The painting also expresses a contrast of bright and cold colors, illustrating the contradictory emotions felt in this relationship dynamic. The vibrant and warm colors of the dominant character evoke joy and brightness in their position, while the cold and dark colors of the faded character evoke sadness, isolation, and lack of fulfillment.

“S’abaisser” is a poignant testimony to the complexities and sacrifices that can occur in certain romantic relationships, where one partner diminishes themselves to let the other one shine. It raises questions about power dynamics, self-esteem, and unhealthy relationship dynamics. Eugénie Bérubé’s artwork invites the viewer to reflect on these universal themes and question norms and expectations in romantic relationships.


Acrylic, oil pastel, and sculpture medium on canvas


60.96 X 121.92 cm

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