Margaret Keane  

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Margaret D. H. Keane (born 1927) is an American artist. She is a painter, who mainly draws women and children in oil or mixed media. Her works are recognizable from the oversized, doe-eyed children that are depicted in the drawings. The actresses Joan Crawford and Natalie Wood commissioned Keane to paint their portraits. In the 1990s Tim Burton, a Keane artwork collector and later director of the film Big Eyes (about Keane), commissioned the artist to paint a portrait of his then-girlfriend Lisa Marie.

Legacy

  • Actresses Joan Crawford and Natalie Wood commissioned Keane to paint their portraits.
  • In 1973, Woody Allen's comedy Sleeper, which lampoons 1970's popular culture, features people of the future considering Keane to be one of the greatest artists in history.
  • In the 1980's, sketch series Saturday Night Live aired a skit featuring Keane's work as a parody of the reaction against modern art (e.g., Cubism or the New York Armory Show). Additionally, in the sitcom Newhart, Bob looks at a Keane-inspired painting with his puzzled observation as, "Children with big ears?"
  • In 1988, Weird Al Yankovic's song, "Velvet Elvis", features the lyrics, "no pictures of Mexican kids with those really big eyes or dogs playing poker".
  • In 1998, cartoon series the Powerpuff Girls by animator Craig McCracken, featuring lead heroes based on Keane's "waifs" (and a character named "Ms. Keane"), debuts.
  • In 1999, Matthew Sweet's album, In Reverse, features one of Keane's oil paintings on the album's cover.
  • In 2011, 90210 featured an episode in which character Annie is described as looking "like a Keane painting."




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