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Jeanine Brito

The Parting Gift

Jeanine Brito



Forced Commitment, 2021

Kyveli Zoi

60 x 60 cm

Oil on linen


(ships from Greece)

Several figures are found gathered around a table in a heavily pressured scene. The title is inspired by the symbolization of the hand that points forcefully to what appears to be a contract lying on a blue table, while the paper fades away behind the smoke of a burning cigarette leading the eye to yet a third figure that hides in the background, that symbolizes the hidden intentions of this potential "agreement." Although the main focus of the composition is designed to be around the objects that lie on the table, the secret gesture is revealed on the left figure, whose body language contrasts the rest of the scene with its opposing posture. An appealingly modern woman wearing bright colors is set, almost denying the assumed proposition, as she is being pushed by the unseen hand of the middle figure and eventually forced to be part of a supposed signing process. Her hands are big and uncomfortable as she is holding a glass of water with one, as the other puts pressure on the table. She is painted in the last moments of her decision to grab the pen lying on her rich side as she contemplates the right decision of the appearing consignment. 


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