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Anne Madden, b.1932


One could say that the paintings of Anne Madden function as an entrance to a symbolic realm, and indeed, some of her works from the 1980s have titles of architectural features, such as ‘Openings’ and ‘Window’. In ‘Openings’ Madden presents a dynamic interplay of planes and frames within frames, further developing the idea of a painting as a doorway to another dimension.

MediumGouache on paper
Dimensions 63.3 x 100.3 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.307 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Anne Madden, Openings, 1979, Gouache on paper, 63.3 x 100.3 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

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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