Rita Letendre is a contemporary painter, muralist, and printmaker from Canada. Rita Letendre was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada in the year 1928. She was the eldest of seven children. Letendre’s father was of Abenaki descent, a First Nations tribe.
The artist’s father worked as a truck mechanic and driver. The family often lived at poverty level. After an injury she was sent to live with her grandmother. Whilst living with her grandmother and the more relaxed atmosphere the artist began to develop her artistic talents.
In the early 1940’s the family moved to Montreal. With her parents helping their country in World War 2 taking care of her siblings became her responsibility. During this period she began drawing every night and reading many books.
Letendre attended the Montreal School of Fine Arts.
She began as a figure painter before moving to abstract painting in the early 1950’s.
The artist is now based out of Toronto, Canada.
In this clip we view a montage of works by the artist:
Works by Rita Letendre can be found in the permanent collections of the Long Beach Museum of Fine Art in California, the University of Long Beach California, the National Art Gallery of Canada located Ottawa, and the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Montreal.
Price range information: Letendre worked in many mediums including oils, acrylics, gouache, casein, and printmaking. Prices range from $5,000 to $60,000.
Rita Letendre’s work is fun to look at. With her use of color and shapes her work reminds me of American abstract painter Mark Grotjahn. Both artist’s use compositions that often centered on the shape of the triangle.