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Rita Letendre

Rita Letendre

Rita Letendre
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 025

Rita Letendre
AANFM ARCA OC QMG 1928 - Canadian

Voyage magique
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1958 and on verso signed, titled and dated
14 1/4 x 18 1/4 in  36.2 x 46.3cm

Private Collection, Toronto

"Rita Letendre," CCCA Canadian Art Database, reproduced, http://ccca.concordia.ca/artists/work_detail.html?languagePref=en&mkey=25055&title=Voyage+Magique&artist=Rita+Letendre&link_id=1456, accessed July 7, 2016

This elegant 1958 oil on canvas is a testament to Rita Letendre’s mastery of the Automatist touch. Slabs of colour are laid thickly side-by-side all over the surface of the canvas with the palette knife, building a mosaic-like composition. Dabs of moss, khaki, chartreuse and lime green arranged diagonally are offset by touches of ruby, crimson and dark browns on the upper right and lower left sides. Luminous whites, soft pinks, blacks and deep charcoals punctuate the composition throughout. In this compelling piece, Letendre skilfully juxtaposes lighter and darker shades to create a subtle push-and-pull effect, which makes the eye move all over the canvas. Throughout her career, Letendre was awarded numerous prizes, such as the Young Painters Prize in Montreal in 1959 and the Province of Quebec Award in 1962. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her works are included in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée du Québec and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $23,600.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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