Cronqvist, Lena, 1975

oil on canvas, 169x125cm, KODE - Bergen Art Museum

Lena Cronqvist (f.1938) is one of the most significant Swedish artists living today andMadonna (1976-77) is one of her major works.

Throughout her entire artistic career she has worked in a figurative and expressive idiom, and in various ways depicted close relationships that unfold within the confines of the home. In many cases the pictures evince a strong psychological interest and one of her main themes is the mother’s role and the child’s isolation and exposure. One often finds strong autobiographical elements in Cronqvist’s works; among other things she utilizes harrowing experiences from her own childhood and years growing up, as when her parents died.