I painted this celebrity portrait
in my studio by referring to a photo as if the Prime Minister were actually sitting in my studio. This candid painting of Canada's Prime Minister, the right honourable Jean Chretien, star of the political stage, with his wife Aline was commissioned by the proud grandmother of the children in the painting who were chosen to present gifts to the stately couple at a local function.
Contemporary portraiture, like today's lifestyle, is becoming less formal and rigid now that a subject can easily be captured in a natural unpretentious composition with the aid of photography and a candid portrait such as this of a head of state can humanize the position. Sadly, in his youth, Chretien suffered an attack of Bell's palsy, permanently leaving the left side of his face partially paralyzed. He used this to his advantage, however, in his first Liberal leadership campaign, saying that he was "One politician who didn't talk out of both sides of his mouth." Respectfully, the opposition did not mention that he is also deaf in one ear. The right honourable Jean Chretien was Prime Minister of Canada from November 4, 1993, to December 12, 2003.
An excerpt of the entire painting shown above, containing the close-up portrait of former Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Jean Chretien is offered as art prints. When your portrait has been completed, you will be able to purchase art prints for family members, Christmas cards and other products with your image online. For prices, sizes, information about art prints
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Hanne Lore Koehler:
To all the outstanding contemporary artists below who took the time to visit my website and comment on my work, I am deeply touched by your generous comments and warm welcome into the international community of artists hosted by Fine Art America! Your overwhelming support and selfless promotion are heart-warming. I am honored to get to know you through your art.
Comments by other artists:
Toronto, ON - Canada
St Catharines, On - Canada
What a wonderful portrait.....Bravo
Sebring, FL - United States
Your entire portfolio is stuning, and I am drawn to this on in particular! Beautiful-will also look at the entire painting! jean
Toronto, ON - Canada
I am always fascinated by painters who create portraits of prominent figures - it usually being so complicated to get legal access to the reference material used as well as getting legal written permission from either the lawyer or the prominent person him or herself. Profiting from someone's "visage" is such a complex business affair.
Hanne Lore Koehler replied:
Thank you for your comment, Bernard. The lady who commissioned the original painting worked on Mr. Chretien's election campaign. When the original painting (which included her grandchildren) was complete she took it to the Prime Minister for his autograph. I have a number of photos of him signing the original painting.
Pretoria, Ga - South Africa
A powerful portrait! f/l
Miami, FL - United States
Fantastic portrait !
St Catharines, On - Canada
Great portrait..... You really got the true personality of the man.....
Malaga, An - Spain
Wonderful portrait! You have captured his personality so well! Marvellous! L/F
Petrolia, On - Canada
Well done, Hanne!! Congratulations on your well deserved sale!
Nalcrest, FL - United States
Excellent work, congrats on your sale, Hanne!
Reno, NV - United States
Outstanding artwork as always Hanne! Congratulations on a well deserved sale!...f/v
Greensboro, NC - United States
Congrats on your sale, Hanne great portrait and work!! f/v.
Mena, AR - United States
Wonderful portrait! vf
Hamilton, On - Canada
hahaha that is amazing ..Jean Chrétien ..you really captured his persona ..congratulations
Victoria, BC - Canada
Excellent. Well done.
Murrysville, PA - United States
Wonderful news about your sale!!
Linda S Watson
Pahoa, Hi - United States
Congratulations on your sale!
Philadelphia, PA - United States
Congrats on your sale!!
Peterborough, On - Canada
Well done Hanne and congrats on your sale !!!
Hamilton, ON - Canada
Hanne, What a fabulous portrait of Jean Cretien! You've captured not only his physical appearance but his well-known character! Awesome job and Congratulations on your sale!! v
Bolton, ON - Canada
What a wonderful portrait, Hanne! V/F and congratulations!
Kamloops, BC - Canada
Only in Canada. You have caught him perfectly. f/v ;-)
St-Eustache, QC - Canada
Very well done ! We recognize Jean Chretien immediately, there is no doubt.The resemblance is perfect.
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