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From The Hill Times’ Photo Archives: Hill Life & People, 30th Year in Print

By Kate Malloy      
Felix Holtmann, pictured in his Hill office in April 1990, became a household name when he added fuel to the national firestorm after the National Gallery of Canada announced it had bought a $1.8-million abstract painting, Voice of Fire, by American painter Barnett Newman, as the country was slipping into a recession. Mr. Holtmann, a Progressive Conservative MP at the time, told one interviewer that the painting ‘looks like two cans of paint and two rollers and about 10 minutes would do the trick.’ The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Then Progressive Conservative MP Felix Holtmann, pictured in his Parliament Hill office in April 1990. Mr. Holtmann became a household name when the Manitoba pig farmer and chair of the House Communication and Culture Committee added fuel to the national firestorm in Canada shortly after the National Gallery of Canada announced it had bought American painter Barnett Newman’s $1.8-million Voice of Fire abstract painting, as the country was slipping into a recession.



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