Posted 7 months ago
MDH Keane Postcard circa 1963 . Title of original painting " The Living Doll"
stamped in left corner with her name and back describes the card
Margaret D. H. Keane was born 1927 in Tennessee, and attributes her deep respect for the Bible and inspirations of her artwork to the relationship with her grandmother. She later became one of Jehovah's Witnesses, which she claimed changed her life for the better
In the 1960s, Margaret Keane's artwork was sold under the name of her husband, Walter Keane, who claimed credit for her work. Conflict over that issue was cited as one of the reasons they divorced. The Keanes' divorce proceedings went all the way to federal court. At the hearing, Margaret challenged Walter to a "paint-off" and created a painting in front of the judge to prove that she was the artist.Walter declined to paint before the court, citing a sore shoulder. In 1986, the courts sided with Margaret, enabling her to paint under her own name.
Her works while living in her husband's shadow tended to depict sad children in a dark setting, but after divorcing, moving to Hawaii, and becoming one of Jehovah's Witnesses, her paintings took on a happier, brighter style. Her website now advertises her work as having "tears of joy" or "tears of happiness".
Keane is a fixture in popular culture. Some of her well-known fans over the years have included actresses Joan Crawford and Natalie Wood, whose portraits she painted; filmmaker Tim Burton, who commissioned Keane to paint Lisa Marie; and animator Craig McCracken, whose characters the Powerpuff Girls are based on Keane's "waifs"; additionally, the Girls' schoolteacher is named "Ms. Keane".
Dolls are often referred to large eye Keane face and these large eye dolls are very collectible she did not produce any but several companies started making dolls with those big sad eye's she made famous .
Last photo is Lisa Marie and the painting M. Keane did of her and her dog :-)