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Anne Madden, b.1932

Standing Stones1978

Works such as ‘Standing Stones’ and ‘Burren’, are related to the colour field paintings by artists such as Mark Rothko and Barrett Newman, but without losing reference to experience or actual space. These paintings were also made by pouring paint over wetted canvas, with straight architectural lines created by using masking tape that was removed after the poured paint had settled. The dark colours of these works are not naturalistic, and their spaces are deep and ambiguous, though segmented or conceptualised by the vertical lines.

MediumAcrylic on cotton duck
Dimensions 162.56 x 96.52 cm each
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1863
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Anne Madden, Standing Stones, 1978, Acrylic on cotton duck, 162.56 x 96.52 cm each, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005

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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