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And There Was Light: The Work of Rita Letendre

A painting mimicking fire

Rita Letendre. And There Was Light, 1999. Oil on canvas, 170.2 × 271.8 cm (67 × 107 in.). Courtesy of the Artist. © Rita Letendre.

 

 

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And There Was Light: The Work of Rita Letendre

Friday, November 18, 6 PM
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join Wanda Nanibush, Curator, Indigenous Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, as they introduce the work of the late critically acclaimed artist Rita Letendre (1928-2021). Her painting career began in Montreal in the late 1940s, when she associated with Quebec's prominent abstract artist groups Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. Often the sole female artist in their group shows, she broke away from their approach to painting, finding it restrictive. Seeking to express the full energy of life and harness in her powerful gestures an intense spiritual force, Letendre worked with various materials including oils, pastels, and acrylics, using her hands, palette knife, brushes and uniquely the airbrush, which she began using in 1971. This lecture marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of one of the most life-affirming and talented artists this land has known. 

Please join us for a Celebration of Life for Rita Letendre on Wednesday, November 23. 

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