Rita Letendre Death – Rita Letendre, renowned as a pioneer of Canadian abstract art has died on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at the age of 93. Rita died after a long illness. She was born the eldest of seven children to Anne-Marie Ledoux and Héliodore Letendre in Drummondville, Quebec. Letendre studied at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal in the late 1940s and had Paul-Émile Borduas as a mentor. Letendre was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 as “one of the leading figures of contemporary painting in Canada”. At age 19, while working at a restaurant in mid-town Montreal, a patron saw sketches she was working on when business became quiet and was struck by her talent.
Research made it known that École des beaux-arts de Montréal (The School of Fine Arts in Montreal; EBAM) was an educational institution founded in Quebec in 1922. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society was instrumental in its creation. Its former Sherbrooke Street building now houses the Office québécois de la langue française. The faculty of the school include Edwin Holgate as well as the Academy Award-winning animator and painter Frédéric Back, who taught there briefly prior to joining Radio-Canada.
Letendre had a hand in shaping Toronto’s public art, receiving commissions for large-scale projects including a mural at Ryerson University and the stained-glass skylights of Glencairn subway station. Her works have been exhibited around the globe, and she racked up honors including a 2010 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and the Paul-Émile-Borduas Award in 2016.
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