Canadian artist, R.C.A.


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Rita Letendre was born in 1928 in Drummondville, to a quebecois father and a Native American mother (Abenaki). In the 50s she was quickly associated with the Automatiste movement, but she quickly developed a new vision, a new clean style that gave her an international reputation.

She has a style of lyrical abstraction.

1948 - École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal (rejection of traditional figurative style)

1955 - Exhibition Space 55, Museum of Fine Arts Montreal
1954 - Exhibition of Automatistes Matter sings
1992 - Achieving the Modern Exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery
1992 - Exhibition crisis abstraction, 50s, Museum of Fine Arts of Canada
2003 - Retrospective of Rita Letendre, National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec
2009 - Women Artists Exhibition conquest of space, 1900-1965, National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec
2009-2010 - Exhibition Automatiste The Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960, Varley Art Galery Markham and Albright-Knox Art Galery Buffalo

1962 - Trip to Paris, Rome, Western Europe and Israel
1965 - Lives in California for 5 years

Awards and Grants
1959 - Prize of young painters
1960 - Rodolphe de Repentigny Prize
1962 - Prize for young painters in the province of Quebec
1962 - Medal of the ORA Piccola Europa exposure, Sassaferato, Italy
2010 - Governor General of Canada in Visual and Media Arts

Asselin, Hedwidge (2001). Rita Letendre: The Elements / The elements, Montreal: Editions Simon Blais.
Letendre, Rita and Sandra Paikowsky (1989). Rita Letendre: The Montreal years, 1953-1963, Montreal: Concordia Art Gallery.
Ninacs, Anne-Marie (2003). Rita Letendre: The colors of the day, Québec: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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