Anne Madden

Enrique Juncosa, Derek Mahon, Marcelin Pleynet

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 501 7

    Size: 255 x 272 mm / 10 x 10.75 in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 192

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    Date published: July, 2007

    UK £29.95 /US $55


  • Published to accompany the retrospective exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Includes a foreword by Enrique Juncosa, an essay and poem by Derek Mahon and an illustrated chronology


Anne Madden is one of Ireland’s foremost painters to have emerged since the 1950s. Of Irish and Anglo-Chilean origin, she spent her first years in Chile before coming to Ireland and England with her parents. In 1958 she moved to the south of France, where she exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, including Rosc ’84 in Ireland and at the Paris Biennale where she represented Ireland. This lavish and unique monograph, published to accompany the in-depth retrospective exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in summer 2007, covers Anne Madden’s entire artistic career from the 1950s to the present. It features some of her most important paintings: Self Portrait, 1950; her early series of works inspired by the landscape of the Burren, such as ‘Clare Land’, 1967; and her series of ‘Megaliths, Monoliths and Doorways’, which are, in the late art critic Dorothy Walker’s words, like ‘giant forms emerging from the darkness of pre-history’. With a foreword by Enrique Juncosa, Director of IMMA, an essay and poem by Derek Mahon, and an illustrated chronology.

Author information

Enrique Juncosa is Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Before that he was the deputy director of the IVAM in Valencia and then later of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. Derek Mahon is a distinguished poet and a member of Aosdána, and has received numerous awards including a Lannan Award, the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize and the 2007 David Cohen Prize for achievement in literature. Marcelin Pleynet is a writer, essayist and poet. He co-edits the journal L’Infini and from 1987–1999 was Professor of Aesthetics at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.