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Art HERstory: Rita Letendre


Art HERstory: Rita Letendre

Art HERstory: Rita Letendre

In its simplest form abstract art is a genre that is based on personal interpretation instead of pictorial depiction. You will never be able to easily identify a person, place, or thing that appears in the natural world. Some abstract art doesn’t even have clearly defined lines or shapes. Rita Letendre (1928 – ) didn’t think her art needed shapes or solid forms. All she needed was vivid colors and a rampant imagination.

Cythère. A contract of fire red and asphalt. Contrasting colors at battle for your attention. This is Rita's signature at its best.

Cythère. A contract of fire red and asphalt. Contrasting colors at battle for your attention. This is Rita's signature at its best.

Rita began her career at École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1948. That didn’t last long. She raged against the machine because she was bored with traditional art and wanted to take a more innovative approach. Instead of being educated by professors, Rita chose to be schooled by the movers and shakers of the abstract art movement. She associated herself with the emerging avant-garde artists of Montreal. Through her peers she became acquainted with the Surrealist, Automatiste and abstract art genres.

Toward (1966). Its simple. I love it. I want it!

Toward (1966). Its simple. I love it. I want it!

Believe it or not Rita’s first paintings were made with watercolors. Obviously, shes come a longway. Her first major exhibition was in 1954 at the Automatiste group show, La matière chante. She had her first solo exhibition in 1955 at Espace 55 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. Shockingly, critics disapproved of Rita’s work. They called her work ‘too geometric and rational’ to be abstract. Whatever!

Tempêtes (1955). Which was placed on the canvas first? The white or the color? Can you tell?

Tempêtes (1955). Which was placed on the canvas first? The white or the color? Can you tell?

Despite what he critics day, Rita’s works are pieces that toy with the techniques of movement, color contrast, and the ongoing battle between light and darkness. Evaluate for yourself. Does this Canadian dame’s work look disappointing to you? Didn’t think so.

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