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May 23rd, 2017

Rita Letendre. Victoire, 1961. Oil on canvas, 202.6 x 268 cm. Gift of Jessie and Percy Waxer, 1974, Donated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1988. © 2017 Rita Letendre.

A lot goes on behind the scenes at the AGO as we get ready for exhibitions, including giving a little TLC to the artworks that are going to be displayed. Our renowned conservation team makes sure all of our works are in great condition and ready for the viewing public.

Rita Letendre’s large-scale painting Victoire, painted in 1961, needed a bit of a touch-up in preparation for our upcoming retrospective Rita Letendre: Fire & Light, opening on June 29. Letendre created the work for a Toronto exhibition in the early 1960s, which completely sold out, and the AGO was lucky enough to snag Victoire for our collection afterwards. Find out more by watching the video below with curator Georgiana Uhlyarik and conservator Meaghan Monaghan.

Live with curator Georgiana Uhlyarik and conservator Meaghan Monaghan as they chat about Rita Letendre's Victoire, 1961. Our Rita Letendre exhibition opens June 28.

Posted by AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario on Friday, May 12, 2017

Rita Letendre: Fire & Light features nearly 35 of the acclaimed artist’s large-scale paintings, and is the first major museum retrospective of Letendre’s work to originate outside Quebec. Find out more here.

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