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Title

Mnemosyne


Artist

Rosemary Madigan

Australia

05 Dec 1926 -


About

A previous student of the ESTC and The John Cass College London, Madigan has become, over an understated career spanning four decades, arguably Australia's most significant figurative carver. The female torso, the focus of much of her work, has led her to create sculptures which, at their best, have the sensuousness, subtlety and rigour of the greatest of the Indian carvings she admires.

The female torso is represented in the Gallery collection by the jarrah wood 'Torso' (1954), her presentation work for the Travelling Art Scholarship, a sandstone 'Torso' (1986), which won the Wynne prize in (1986/7) and the recently gifted bronzes, 'Torso' (1986) and 'Group of three figures' (1983).

Madigan's bronze head 'Mnemosyne' on the other hand is the most significant portrait the artist has produced. Depicting both her daughter and the classical muse of Memory, it is a particularly impressive work.

Australian Art Department 2000


Details


Date

1976


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze with green patina on a slate base


Dimensions

32.0 x 18.0 x 23.5 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. verso, incised "RM 76".


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

529.2000


Artist information

Rosemary Madigan

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Rosemary Madigan, sculptor', pg. 26-29, Sydney, Feb 2011. Article on the Australian Collection Focus Room

Deborah Edwards, Australian Collection Focus: Torso 1954 and Torso 1986, 'Rosemary Madigan, Sculptor', 2-9., Sydney, 2011, 10 (colour illus.). cat.no. 2

Deborah Edwards, Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, Canberra, 2003, 59, 61 (colour illus.), 61, 83. cat.no. 54