Rita Letendre 1929 - Canadian oil on canvas Réseaux d'intrigue 26 x 32 1/4 inches 66 x 81.9 centimeters signed and dated 1958 and on verso signed, titled and dated on the stretcher Literature:Linda Jansma, Rita Letendre: Beginnings in Abstraction, 2005, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, reproduced page 15 Provenance:Private Collection, Toronto Exhibited:The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Rita Letendre: Beginnings in Abstraction, September 23, 2005 - September 24, 2006 When she painted Réseaux d'intrigue in 1958, Rita Letendre's work had achieved a level of maturity that was being rewarded with significant public recognition. She was exhibiting regularly in post-Automatist group shows, and a solo show at Montreal's Galerie Artek in Montreal in October of that year had earned her considerable favour with local critics. Although Letendre was a devoted pupil of Paul-Émile Borduas, this striking canvas implies contemplation of not only the instinctive approach of the Automatists, but also the coherent structure of the Plasticiens. While the use of a palette knife and tache-style marking is reminiscent of the paintings of Jean-Paul Riopelle, there is nonetheless a deliberate order to this composition that is premeditated and supremely conscious. Réseaux d'intrigue is an exceptional example of Letendre's skill and identity as a modern painter; she participates in the dialogue of abstraction with currency and force, while contributing her own distinctive and influential attitudes. The exhibition of this work at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in 2005 attests to Letendre's enduring importance. This is a brilliant example of the artist in her most inspired and prolific years. Please note: this work is in the original frame made by the artist and is accompanied by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery exhibition catalogue.