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LOT 062

Rita Letendre
1928 -

Moon Glow
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated 1969 and inscribed "TOR-69-12"
60 x 118 3/4 in 152.4 x 301.6 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Private Collection, Toronto

Rita Letendre was part of the second wave of Montreal artists that emerged in the 1950s after the revolutionary Automatists. Paul-Émile Borduas was an important early influence, and Letendre’s works of the 1950s were inspired by the Automatists in their rich texture and explosive gesture and colour. From 1962, Letendre spent two years in Paris, Rome and Israel, and after her return to Canada she moved away from this turbulent and organic painting and toward hard-edge geometric form. This formed the basis for her work in the late 1960s and 1970s. Letendre’s paintwork also changed through her use of airbrush, becoming smooth and evenly applied. Moon Glow is a striking and large-scale work from this period. Dark and mysterious, it is an abstraction of the moon’s rays penetrating primordial space, and is illusionist, giving a deeply spatial impression of those rays traveling from a great distance. Contrast between the blackness of space and the pale palette used for the light essences is dramatic. Ethereal and majestic, Moon Glow is an outstanding example of Letendre’s geometric period and of her commitment to modernism.

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000

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