The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien
Object name: Painting
Artist: Christan Nicholson
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 122 x 91.5 cm
Catalogue no.: O-8044
The portrait of Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien features a simple yet vibrant Chinese yellow background that draws attention to the outline of the subject. The artist chose the format of the painting to emphasize the height and slenderness of Chrétien, who is shown holding his reading glasses.
Christan Martin Nicholson is a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, and a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Mount Allison University. For over four decades, he has captured on canvas the image of numerous Canadians from the worlds of academia, politics, business and the arts. His technique involves drawing on the canvas which is then worked up using layers of thin oil paint followed by layers of thicker paint.