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Rita Letendre

Born 1928, Drummondville, Quebec

After studying at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, Letendre was influenced by Paul-Émile Borduas and the Automatistes. She first exhibited with the Automatistes in 1952. Many of her paintings feature a headstrong, upward reach, a telling visual metaphor for the artist's own restless sense of self-discovery. Letendre's insatiable hunger for new experiences has taken her to many countries to paint. Her work can be found in important public and private collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, Musée du Quebec, Musée d'Art Contemporain Montreal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Letendre is a member of the Order of Quebec and Order of Canada; in 2010 she was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

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