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© Lena Cronqvist/Bildupphovsrätt 2018
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Category:Paintings
Date:1960s
Artist
Lena Cronqvist
Born 1938
Sweden Madonnan, 1969
The Madonna
Olja på duk
Bildmått: 120 x 106 cm(47 1/4 x 41 3/4 in.) Yttermått (Ram): 122 × 108 × 3 cm (48 1/16 × 42 1/2 × 1 3/16 in.)
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Purchase 1970
NM 6278 This artwork is not on display
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- About the work

Lena Cronqvist belongs to a generation of artists who began highlighting the female narrative perspective in art in the 1960s. This was a time when the feminist movement declared that the personal is political. In The Madonna, we see a mother with her child in her arms, struggling to get by. The title refers to Christian cult images where baby Jesus, the centre of the world, is depicted in the arms of his earthly mother.

Life in the insular family bubble is contrasted with the bustling city outside the window. The child’s embrace becomes strangling. A still-life of household waste is arranged in the window. It includes rotting fruit, a classical motif in art that is supposed to remind us of our mortality.

Later, in the 1990s, a little girl appeared in Lena Cronqvist’s paintings and sculptures, as the artist’s alter ego. Here, Cronqvist focuses on the child’s capacity in play to unreservedly explore the family’s power structures.


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