Margaret Keane

American artist (1927–2022)

Margaret D. H. Keane (born Peggy Doris Hawkins; 15 September 1927) is an American artistCreator of the "big eyed waifs", Keane is famous for drawing paintings with big eyes and mainly paints women, children, and animals in oil or mixed media.  In the 1960s, Keane became one of the most popular and successful artists of the time.  During this time, her artwork was sold under the name of her husband, Walter Keane, who claimed credit for her paintings.  Their life together was the subject of the 2014 Tim Burton film Big Eyes.

Cited by Jane Howard

Jane Howard, "The Man Who Paints Those Big Eyes: The Phenomenal Success of Walter Keane," LIFE 59, no. 9 (27 August 1965), pp. 39–40, 42–45, 48.
  • It was the eyes that did it.  [timid giggle]  I liked the way he painted eyes and he liked mine.
    • Page 45.  Stated at a time when Margaret Keane was still going along with the fraud that her husband was the painter of the Big Eyed waifs.
  • M, you see, is four, and D is four too, and H is eight, and four and four and eight are sixteen, which is made up of one and six, which make seven—my number.
    • Page 48.

Cited by Amy M. Spindler

Amy M. Spindler, "Style; An Eye for an Eye," The New York Times (23 May 1999).

Cited by Jesse Hamlin

Jesse Hamlin, "Artist Margaret Keane hasn't lost wide-eyed enthusiasm for work," SFGate (14 Decembet 2014).

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