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Rita Letendre, a Canadian abstract artist died at 93

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  • Rita Letendre, known as a pioneer of Canadian abstract art, died.
  • The muralist, painter, and graphic artist rose to fame in the 1950s for her relationship with Quebec’s influential abstract artist groups, Les Plasticiens, and Les Automatistes.

Rita Letendre, known as a pioneer of Canadian abstract art, died.

Gallery Gevik in Toronto says Rita died on Saturday at age 93 after an illness.

The muralist, painter, and graphic artist rose to fame in the 1950s for her relationship with Quebec’s influential abstract artist groups, Les Plasticiens, and Les Automatistes.

She resumed experimenting with form and technique all her career, setting herself with her bold palette and geometric style.

Letendre also had a part in shaping Toronto’s public art, receiving commissions on large-scale projects, which includes a mural at Ryerson University and the stained-glass skylights of Glencairn subway station.

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Her arts have been displayed worldwide. She racked up honors, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Paul-Émile-Borduas Award in 2016.

Letendre was appointed officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 as “one of the leading numbers of painting in Canada.”

Her works are in numerous institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Source-CTV News

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