Well, when in San Francisco about 4 years ago I had a chance to stop by the Keane Eyes Gallery, and sadly it was closed for the day. SOB SOB! I was more pathetic than one of her paintings looking through that window. Since then I've learned a lot more about Margaret's art and recently had a chance to meet this amazing artist and her daughter. They were both as sweet and talented as can be. I was also a bit suprised by how candid Margaret was and also a little shocked to see just how much she looks like her doe eyed paintings...click here for more about my meeting with Margaret Also, a keane fan, Carrie, was VERY kind and sent me this article that I have heard so much about. It is over 20 years old and still makes for an Interesting Read, as well as major insight to Margaret's transformation into painting smiling children, rather the the sad eyed urchins that she did 30+ years ago.
REFERENCE and IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
CONTEMPORARY BIG EYES
LITTLE MISS NO NAME
Little Miss No Name was a doll made by Hasbro in 1965. Not a big seller
at the time. Can you imagine a young girl asking for a doll that looks like
she has already been played with? So pathetic with a little plastic tear,
potato sack dress, and hand that reaches out for love, affection, and some
spare change. What a sad little girl.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, Little miss no name didn't involve Margaret Keane in the design process at all. I had always heard that they had something to do first hand with her creation, but a reliable source has told me that the look was just based on their painting- it wasn't something Keane was a part of.
I have some interesting letters written to me by people who have a doll for sale. Basically after they purchased them for their own collection, they end of having to get rid of them because their children freak out because the child thinks the doll is possessed or something. I have had several people so far e-mail me in search of these dolls. The story is pretty much the same "I got the doll for Christmas and my younger sibling was so horrified that my mother had to throw her away".
Other great big eyed dolls include, Susie Sad Eyes, Susie Slicker, Soul Sister, Lonely Lisa, Blythe and Love Me Linda. I'm working on an i.d. guide for these cuties- so check back
PROJECT BIG EYES!
I'm currently co-writing a book, Big Eyed Masters . We are still looking for more information on the artists lives or examples of original artwork. So we're hoping to hear from more collectors. If you would like to be involved and receive a credit in the book plus your name next to any image of original artwork you donate--- if you haven't already.... please write. The book is being published by Last Gasp and should be out late 2004. It will include the biographies of many of our favorite "big eyed masters", as well as full color graphics, including many never before seen original paintings. More info soon.......
Last update * Rocktober* 2012
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