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Original Oil Painting titled "Melissa" by Margaret Keane

Original Oil Painting titled "Melissa" by Margaret Keane

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: Pre 1970: Item # 1343206

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Margaret’s body of work was of paintings with wide-eyed children which was the height of 1960s and '70s kitsch. The creator 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. As she stated “Eyes are windows of the soul" Keane explains. In 2014 Tim Burton the renowned movie producer made a film on Margaret Keane’s life titled “Big Eyes”.

In the 1960s, Keane became one of the most popular and successful artists of the time. Andy Warhol said "I think what Keane has done is just terrific". It has to be good. If it were bad, so many people wouldn't like it." During this time her artwork was sold under the name of her husband, Walter Keane, who claimed credit for her paintings. At the height of the artworks' popularity, she was painting non-stop for 16 hours a day.

Size: 20” x 16” (50.8 x 40.64 cm) Frame 29-1/4” x 25-1/4” (74.29 x 64.13 cm)