Rita Letendre (1928 - ...)
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on canvas
Post-War Canadian art
61 cm x 76 cm /24'' x 30''
Signée en bas à droite, signée, titrée et datée au dos
In 1963, Rita Letendre returned to Montreal after a one-year stay in Paris, Italy and Israel. The same year, her works are exhibited at the Camille Hébert Gallery in Montreal. The 1950s and 1960s in the arts in Quebec are characterized by the pictorial formalism1. Therefore, artists pay particular attention to medium and support. For Rita Letendre, this aspect is remarked in her work by a dense and textured application of colors. On a chromatic level, Letendre gives a particular importance to black in her compositions. Symbol of strength and intensity, black, according to the artist, consolidates and unifies the elements of the painting. She continues: "[...] black is not a danger; color and light fight and win. You do not accept the darkness, you go through it and you win. "2. The canvas is now transformed into a space of exchange; the colors overlap and confront each other, often in a very lively meeting. Movements, tensions and fusions combine in Black and White Abstraction to offer viewers a total experience of color. "
1. Marie Caranni (1992)."Le formalisme au féminin. Rita Letendre, peintre et muraliste", Les bâtisseuses de la cité, actes du colloque dans le cadre de la Section d'études féministes du congrès de l'Afcas 1992, Les cahiers scientifiques, p.282
2. URL: https:// www.thestar.com/entertainment/visualarts/2017/07/08/rita-letendre-against-the-dying-of-the-light.html, consulté le 25 juillet 2018.
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