Rita Letendre

A Tribute to Rita Letendre
Feb. 19, 2022 to March 26, 2022

This exhibition is an opportunity to pay a last tribute to this remarkable artist who recently passed away.

Rita Letendre, who died in November 2021, was a true friend of the gallery, which has represented her since 1996. This overview of the artist’s career will provide a look at 50 years of rich and diverse art making.   

The body of work to be presented first includes large canvases that will be on view in galleries 1 and 2. Here will be featured her gestural paintings from the 1960s, her Montréal period, and those of her beginnings as a Plasticien artist in 1966, an impulse that continued throughout the 1970s. Also to be seen are the famous “arrows” that made her North American reputation, diagonal swaths of the spectral colours so typical of Rita Letendre’s work precisely delineated in a hard-edge manner or blending into one another through spray painting.

Her return to using oils applied with a brush in the late 1980s, which continued up until her very last works in 2010–2012, will be illustrated through a group of canvases selected for their compositional qualities—a reminder of the attraction that going back to gestural painting held for the public as well as the museum world during the artist’s final period of production.

“For me, life is not a small thing. I want it to be big and strong.”1

 

It should be noted that the exhibition will provide an opportunity to see models on wood that have never been on public display. The artist painted a series of small models in her New York apartment in preparation for the works that would be shown in her first exhibition on American soil a year later, in 1973, at California’s Palm Springs Desert Museum. Veritable jewels for their meticulous execution and visual effect on viewers, this group of works reconfirms Rita Letendre’s ranking as a major Canadian Post-Plasticien artist. The models will be on view in Gallery 3.

Wrapping up the exhibition will be a series of works on paper the artist executed in the 1960s. At that time Rita Letendre had a preference for working in casein, a type of gouache, mainly limiting herself to the use of black, which she would occasionally combine with a few bright colours. Such a minimalist approach enabled her to display a rich graphic vocabulary in a deftly spontaneous manner.

(Photos: Guy L'Heureux)


1. Murray White, “Rita Letendre: Against the Dying of the Light,”Toronto Star, July 8, 2017. https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/visualarts/2017/07/08/rita-letendre-against-the-dying-of-the-light.html

Works related to this exhibition

Rita Letendre

Lumière, lumière

Oil on canvas
2002
101,6 x 121,9 cm (40 x 48 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-013)

Acrylic on panel
1973
61 x 86,5 cm (24 x 34 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre #9 (FH-26P)

Casein on paper
1962
33 x 41 cm (13 x 16 po)
$ 8950.00 CAD framed

Rita Letendre

Travelling an Unending Blue Space

Oil on canvas
2004
76,2 x 101,6 cm (30 x 40 in)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Petite fleur qui perce les ténèbres

Oil on canvas
1999
122 x 137 cm (48 x 54 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Zahaka

Silkscreen on paper
1973
96,5 x 71 cm (38 x 28 po)

● not available

Rita Letendre

Victoire dans la nuit

Oil on canvas
2000
203 x 152,5 cm (80 x 60 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Vers la magie

Pastel on paper
2000
73 x 113 cm (29 x 44,5 po)
$ 7800.00 CAD framed

Rita Letendre

Meeting in Space

Acrylic on canvas
1968
152,5 x 106,5 cm (60 x 42 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sérénade en bleu

Oil on canvas
2002
101,6 x 121,9 cm (40 x 48 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-003) — maquette pour Sunrise

Acrylic on panel
Vers 1971
35,5 x 35,5 cm (14 x 14 po)
$ 7500.00 CAD framed

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-012)

Acrylic on panel
N.d.
61 x 86,5 cm (24 x 34 po)

● not available

Rita Letendre

Les étoiles de notre univers

Oil on canvas
2010
213,3 x 61 cm (84 x 24 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Soren

Acrylic on canvas
1972
122 x 178 cm (48 x 70 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-011)

Acrylic on panel
N.d.
43 x 71 cm (17 x 28 po)

● not available

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (FH-31P)

Casein on paper
1963
45,5 x 60,5 cm (18 x 24 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Norsemen

Oil on canvas
1964
61,5 x 76 cm (24 x 30 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-014)

Acrylic on panel
1973
61 x 86,5 cm (24 x 34 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Fire storms in my mind

Oil on canvas
2000
152,5 x 228,5 cm (60 x 90 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

The North

Acrylic on canvas
1990
91,5 x 274,3 cm (36 x 108 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Twilight phase I

Silkscreen on paper
1971
68,3 x 89 cm (27 x 35 po)

● not available

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (Californie noir/blanc)

Acrylic on canvas
1966
61 x 76 cm (24 x 30 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Star Song

Oil on canvas
2004
162,5 x 228,6 cm (64x 90 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

After the Night Come the Day

Acrylic on canvas
1982
107 x 218 cm (42 x 85,75 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sina

Acrylic on canvas
1972
50 x 152 cm (20 x 60 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-041)

Acrylic on cardboard
N.d.
50,5 x 76 cm (19,75 x 30 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Antares II

Acrylic on canvas
1968
152,5 x 122 cm (60 x 48 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

A Summer Day at the Sea

Oil on canvas
2011
140,5 x 165 cm (55,5 x 65 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Polar

Acrylic on canvas
1972
127 x 151 cm (50 x 59,5 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre

Acrylic on canvas
N.d.
152,5 x 180,25 cm (60 x 71 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-015)

Acrylic on panel
1973
61 x 86,5 cm (24 x 34 po)

● not available

Rita Letendre

Fire and Thunder / Un orage de feu

Oil on canvas
1999
137 x 121,9 cm (54 x 48 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-004)

Acrylic on panel
Vers 1971
35,5 x 35,5 cm (14 x 14 po)

● not available

Rita Letendre

Innerlight

Acrylic on canvas
1968
76 x 61 cm (30 x 24 po)
Price available on request

Rita Letendre

Sans titre (RLM-054)

Acrylic on cardboard
N.d.
49 x 64,5 cm (19,25 x 25,5 po)

● not available

Rita Letendre

Oran

Silkscreen on paper
1978
101,5 x 75,5 cm (40 x 28 po)
$ 4500.00 CAD framed

Rita Letendre

Tziyah

Acrylic on canvas
1973
152,5 x 203 cm (60 x 80 po)
Price available on request

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