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LOT 061

Rita Letendre
1928 -

Impact II
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1965 and on verso signed, titled, dated and inscribed "#3"
60 x 48 in 152.4 x 121.9 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $46,800

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Galerie Camille Hébert, Montreal
Private Collection, Quebec

Rita Letendre was approaching an important artistic juncture in the year 1965. She had received tremendous critical and commercial success with her fiery and visceral paintings of the early 1960s, which were explosive in colour and texture. However, by the mid-1960s she was moving towards geometric shapes and hard-edged painting, a style that she would continue to develop into the next decade. Impact II acts as a link between these two styles. Its thick and undulating texture is reminiscent of her works from the early 1960s; however, the title and horizontal shape near the centre evoke ties to the later geometric works. Despite the limited colour palette, there is significant visual interest in the piece, highlighted by the white gestures breaking free from the dark, moody background. There is a tremendous sense of atmosphere and we get a feeling that this is an otherworldly space, which is a further tie to the works to come. Throughout her career, Letendre was particularly concerned with light, darkness and movement, which Impact II harnesses in a striking – and almost daunting – manner.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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