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    Margaret Keane (American, b. 1927)
    Young Girl as Clown
    Oil on canvas
    22 x 8 inches (55.9 x 20.3 cm)
    Signed upper left: Keane

    In celebration of Women's History Month

    Best known for her distinctive paintings of doe-eyed children, Margaret was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1927 and studied there and, for a short time, at the Traphagen School of Design in New York. She initially began her career painting portraits in the 1950s but soon found popularity when her husband Walter Keane started selling her characteristic "big eyes" paintings in San Francisco. Unfortunately, her husband took credit for her art and continued to do so even after they divorced in 1964. In 1970 Margaret Keane sued her ex-husband for slander when he continued to say he was the creator of her paintings and the judge hearing the case ordered both of them to paint a picture in the courtroom. Margaret won when Walter declined to participate and she created hers in 53 minutes. A biographical film Big Eyes directed by Tim Burton depicting the controversy was released in 2014. Keane Eyes Gallery in San Francisco continues to show new and older works by the artist. Margaret resides in Napa, California.






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    March, 2019
    8th-10th Friday-Sunday
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