The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Object name: Painting
Artist: Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 122 x 91.5 cm
Catalogue no.: O-1526.1
Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s official portrait shows a pensive man with a hint of a smile, confidently looking straight at his viewers. His shoulders are draped in his trademark loden cape, and a signature red rose adorns the lapel of his blazer. The artist consented to undertake the commission on the condition that the Prime Minister stayed at her home in British Columbia.
Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic was a largely self-taught artist with an international reputation. At the age of 18, she attracted the attention of Emily Carr, who arranged an exhibition of Pavelic’s work. She received the Order of Canada in 1985.