Lot # 010
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Rita Letendre
AANFM ARCA OC QMG 1928 - Canadian

Bachanale
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1961 and on verso signed, titled, dated and inscribed "210"
16 x 20 in  40.6 x 50.8cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Sandra Paikowsky, Rita Letendre: The Montreal Years, 1953 - 1963, Concordia Art Gallery, 1989, page 30

Rita Letendre's paintings from the early 1960s are known for their dramatic use of thick black paint. Bachanale is no exception: its deep crimsons and fiery oranges blend with the black in places, creating a new palette of darkness upon which to layer the bright strokes of white and orange. Then the wave-like layer of green, dancing across the bottom of the canvas, thick and thin, blended and pure, draws us out of the depths and back to nature. Although it was abstract, Letendre stated that her work of the early 1960s came from a need to “express...the expansion of natural growth.” In the 1950s, following the dispersal of the Automatists, Letendre was challenged with establishing herself and her artwork in the sea of abstract painters in Montreal. With the mentorship of Paul-Émile Borduas fresh in her mind, yet committed to finding her own artistic voice, she continued her strong and steady artistic output. She participated in many solo and group exhibitions during this period, securing her position as a powerful and unique presence in Canadian abstraction.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $25,000 CAD  
Sold for: $32,450 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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