Rita Letendre

Born November 1, 1928 in Drummondville, Quebec


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Rita Letendre was born to a Quebecois mother and a father of Aboriginal origin, the eldest of a family of seven children. In 1941, she followed her parents to Montreal and took care of her brothers and sisters before working as a waitress. Starting, at the age of 19, studied at the Montreal School of Fine Arts. Close friends with Paul-Emile Borduas and the automatiste group. The exhibition La matiere chante in 1954, was a turning point for Letendre; it made her known in the art world and she went on to become one of Canada’s most important abstract painters. Rita’s first husband was Montreal sculptor Ulysse Comtois and her second husband was also a sculptor, Israeli Kosso Eloul.

Rita Letendre received the Order of Canada in 2005 and was awarded the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts this year.

She has exhibited widely in Europe, Israel, United States and Canada.

Rita’s work is represented in major Canadian museums and shown in important exhibitions around the world, a partial list is:

  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
  • Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
  • Musee du Quebec, Quebec City
  • Musee d art de Joliette, Quebec
  • Art Gallery of Vancouver
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Long Beach Museum of Fine Arts, California

The current auction record for work of art by Rita Letendre is $187,200.

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