Margaret Keane, painter whose life story inspired a Tim Burton film Big eyesHas died at the age of 94. Keane’s death news was confirmed by her daughter, Jane Swigert, who stated that the cause of death was heart failure. Keane died on Sunday, June 26 at his Napa, California home. Keane’s paintings achieved commercial success and developed a fanbase for a range of subjects with large numbers and sad eyes, traditionally depicting children and animals. Her work was also the subject of one of the most infamous cases of art fraud in the last century, when her second husband, Walter Keane, initially took credit for her work.
Born Peggy Doris Hawkins on September 15, 1927, in Nashville, Tennessee, Keane’s fascination with her eyes reportedly began after her eardrum was damaged and left her unable to hear properly at the age of two. She was moved to look into the eyes of the people she was speaking to. To. Keane began painting at age 10, and developed a career painting clothes and baby cribs, before moving on to portraits.
In 1955, Keane married Walter Keane, who at the time was a real estate salesman and amateur painter. Almost immediately after their marriage, Walter began selling Margaret’s paintings and drawings, including in local newspapers and television interviews, and eventually claiming them as his own work. The Tonight Show, The paintings would go on to be some of the most successful commercial arts of the time, with Keen Prints only in the year 1964 grossing over $2 million. While Walter’s plagiarism was initially kept secret from Margaret, she eventually discovered what was going on, but did not speak publicly about it for a decade, partly by Walter to her and her daughter. Because of the threats given.
“The whole thing just snowballed, and it’s too late to say it wasn’t him who portrayed him,” Ms Keane later told The New York Times. “I will always regret that I was not strong enough to stand up for my rights.”
In 1965, Margaret won an uncontested court-ordered separation from Walter, but she was still allowed to promote and sell her paintings, receiving a portion of the profits. Eventually, in 1970, Margaret revealed that she was the true artist behind the Keane painting, which garnered much media attention. This all culminated in her filing a defamation suit against Walter, which reached Honolulu court in 1986, challenging her to a public “pent-off”. While the incident proved that Margaret Keane was the artist behind the painting, Walter continued to claim that she was the artist until her death in 2000.
In recent years, Keane painting Has visually inspired a range of children’s toys as well as cartoons the Powerpuff Girls. In 2014, Keane’s story was adapted into Big eyesA Tim Burton-directed film starring Amy Adams as Margaret and Christoph Waltz as Walter.
Our thoughts are with Keane’s family, friends and fans at this time.
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