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Anne Madden, b.1932

Menhir (Bloody Sunday)1976

While ‘Quadripartie Mountain Sequence Red’ is about process, material and the origination of images that echoed geological events and ‘Megalith’ references human interventions in the Burren landscape, ‘Menhir (Bloody Sunday)’ clearly has tragic resonances. It refers to disturbing violent events in Northern Ireland at the time, with paint poured onto the surface to imitate a bloodstream.

MediumAcrylic on cotton duck canvas
Dimensions 195 x 114 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, 2010
Item NumberIMMA.3293
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Anne Madden, Menhir (Bloody Sunday), 1976, Acrylic on cotton duck canvas, 195 x 114 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, 2010

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Anne Madden b.1932

Irish artist Anne Madden spent her first years in Chile. Her family moved to Europe when she was four and lived in Ireland and London. She attended the Chelsea School of Arts and Crafts. In 1958 she married the Irish painter Louis le Brocquy. Madden’s semi-abstract work carries references to her Irish background as well as reflecting on life and death. She has exhibited widely, including a significant retrospective at IMMA in 2007 and a solo exhibition in 2023. She is a member of Aosdána.

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