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Pauline Barzilaï: Les Peine de l’Amour (detail)

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Mocking cynicism for troubles of the heart, courtesy of Les Peines de l’Amour

If you’re currently experiencing some love-related dramas allow me to gently suggest you don’t take them to Pauline Barzilaï for sorting. The French illustrator’s new project Les Peines de l’Amour, a sweet illustrated series on rose pink paper, takes a great sledgehammer to tender affairs of the heart, and smashes them all to pieces with a brutally funny satirical edge.

She draws Fatalism (“unfortunately nobody is looking for a small love”), Solitude (“you miss one single being and the world couldn’t care less”) and Adoration (embodied in a woman named Sylvie showing her devotion to God by flashing Him her tits). The illustrations are perfectly pared back and understated and her sense of humour encapsulates exactly the measure of snide and cynicism we like to keep on hand at all times.

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