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.
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.
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!
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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