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Rita Letendre

Rita Letendre

Rita Letendre
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 024

Rita Letendre
AANFM ARCA OC QMG 1928 - Canadian

Caravane
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1959 and on verso signed, titled and dated 1960
19 x 24 1/2 in  48.3 x 62.2cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
"Rita Letendre," CCCA Canadian Art Database, reproduced, http://ccca.concordia.ca/artists/artist_info.html?languagePref=en&link_id=1456&artist=Rita+Letendre, accessed July 7, 2016

Painted shortly before Rita Letendreís major solo exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1961, Caravane comes from an important and dynamic time in the artistís career, not only professionally but also stylistically. Indeed, she started to dedicate herself entirely to painting and had her works shown more extensively at the beginning of the 1960s. Her works from this period are highly indebted to the Automatistsí revolutionary and expressive approach to abstraction. They are spirited and intense, and this piece is no exception. Over a stormy black backdrop, Letendre builds a textured coat of light brown paint at the centre of the composition. By dragging her palette knife through the layers of pigment, she reveals touches of light blue and white underneath. Expressive white, amethyst and bright red shapes seem to dance along a horizontal axis at the forefront. Her use of texture and contrasting colours creates a vibrant composition, demonstrating the full extent of Letendreís understanding of gesture and drama.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

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


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