KINGSTON, Ont. -- He's relaxed on a chaise lounge chair, leaning back but staring out at the viewer with a slight smirk as people surround him, a woman offers him a Tim Hortons coffee and a dog rests comfortably beside his leg.
In contrast to the suits that surround him though, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is completely naked.
The oil on canvas painting, entitled Emperor Haute Couture by artist Margaret Sutherland, is raising eyebrows at the Kingston, Ont., library where it is currently on display in a room.
"It's a political satire of a contemporary political figure," Sutherland told QMI Agency. "A classic pose using a contemporary figure."
Sutherland added it's a modern take on Edouard Manet's 1863 painting, Olympia.
The five-foot-long painting was unveiled earlier this month during the Kingston Arts Council annual juried art show. The piece is selling for $5,000.
Not knowing what was headed their way before the painting arrived, the library had a difficult decision on what to do with the Emperor, chief librarian Patricia Enright said.
Can't artists find something more constructive to do with their generous government grants? This is trash! It's not even original.
Edited by Boges, 18 May 2012 - 06:00 AM.