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Rita Letendre


Canadian Grand master, muralist, printmaker and artist painter Rita Letendre was born in Drummondville in 1928, studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal. Her work which is in perpetual motion led her in a more free abstract painting, spontaneous and textural of automatism (years 1950-1960), in the hard-edge of plasticien movement and geometric abstraction (years1970) . "My paintings are non-figurative, abstract, maybe it is lyrical. All this terminology does not matter. What matters is the picture. When looking at a picture, looking for something real and that's what counts. "For some years, she again uses oil, brush and knife to achieve her paintings, real plastic syntheses of emotion, light and matter.

"A true monument of our modern painting, Rita Letendre was born in Drummondville from an Abenaki mother and a Quebec father in 1928. Very young, she associated with the movement of modernity that emerged in the 1940s in Quebec. She lives and works in Toronto since 1970 after several trips abroad.

Several periods marked her production since its beginnings. In the 1950s, her approach is not without relationship with the automatism. Gradually, her touch forms itself more, then, at the beginning of 1960s, she expresses herself through large spectacular masses. Of her visions emerge works as dramatic as magnificent. Then, in the middle of the same decade, she began a crucial series. Her painting takes on another tangent, inspired by the cosmos and light, as if the world was observed behind a prism. This is the best known and most sought after of the artist period. In the 1980s until today, the touch and gesture become free and offer relevant synthesis of her whole work. "
Robert Bernier

The works of Rita Letendre are part of many public and private collections in Quebec, Canada and abroad (Europe, the United States and Middle East). Her works are in the Museum of Quebec, the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the San Diego Art Gallery, Storn King Art Center in New York and Brandeis University Museum of Art in Massachusetts.