You might remember a little film made by Tim Burton back in 2014 about the life and work of painter Margaret Keane. Keane was an artist known for her paintings of big-eyed, melancholy children.
Her film by Burton was about her tumultuous battle with her husband over his fraudulent and lucrative claims of authorship over her works.
She died this Sunday at her home in Napa, Ca. She was 94.
Keane’s instantly recognizable paintings of children, typically portrayed and described as waifs with huge, sad and dinner-plate-sized eyes, became massively popular in the 1950s and ’60s, at first sincerely and later as totems of kitsch as iconic as plastic pink flamingoes.
Here are some examples: