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Famous ‘Big Eyes’ Real Artist, Margaret Keane’s Death at 94


We are deeply saddened to inform you that the painter best remembered for her works of children with large eyes passed away on June 26, 2022, at the age of 94. Margaret Keane’s death was announced on her social media. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

She was born on September 15, 1927, in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. Also, she is known by other names which are Peggy Ulbrich, MDH Keane, and Margaret McGuire, and was born Peggy Doris Hawkins. She studied design in New York City before finding work painting baby cribs in the 1950s.

Before meeting Walter Keane in 1955, she moved on to her own art. Walter discovered her trademark paintings, saucer-eyed children looking sad, and started selling them to comedy clubs, taking credit.


To generations of Americans with even a passing acquaintance with contemporary art, the Keane name raised images of sad children trapped in dystopian worlds of deprivation and misery.

Her arts were literally everywhere. Like you could see them stacked at sidewalk art shows, found in discount stores alongside velvet Elvis and clown pictures, staring out from souvenir stands, ”the eyes following you like a conscience.”

About her unique style in painting, especially eyes, she once said that she was always interested in the eyes and used to draw them in her school books. Margaret said that this style is inspired by kids. She added: “Children do have big eyes. When I’m doing a portrait, the eyes are the most expressive part of the face. And they just got bigger and bigger and bigger,”

When her husband claimed credit for her arts, Keane has embroiled in a legal battle over the rights to her work. This has been reported by Tim Burton in the 2014 film Big Eyes.

After getting married to Dan McGuire in 1970, Keane lived in Hawaii for more than 25 years before returning to California in 1991. She lived in Napa County, California, with her daughter Jane and son-in-law Don Swigert.

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Fans Mourn Over Margaret Keane’s Death

Margaret Keane’s death was reported on her official Facebook page today: “We’re sad to announce that Margaret Keane, ‘The Mother of Big Eyes, our Queen, a Modern Master and Legend’ peacefully passed away Sunday morning at her home in Napa, CA, she was 94.”

Her daughter Jane Swigert confirmed her death at home in Napa, California, as the result of heart failure. A resurgence of interest was sparked by the Tim Burton film “Big Eyes,” released in 2014, with Amy Adams as Ms. Keane and Christoph Waltz as her husband.

On June 26, 2022, a painter with a specific style of painting that is famous for ‘Big Eyes’ passed away. Margaret Keane's Death was revealed.

In recent years, she continued to paint and sell her work at auctions and at her Keane Eyes Gallery in San Francisco. Her gallery and unique arts have been retold in books, magazines, and on the internet.

It must be noted that the US day News does not confirm nor reject any of this information about Margaret Keane’s death. If you read incorrect details or know more information, please, allow us to know.

On social media, messages of condolences were sent to Margaret Keane’s family and loved ones. His friends shared their sadness through their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Every single one of her paintings captured a level of emotion that is unmatched in the art world. If eyes are the windows to the soul, she helped open them for us. Her story and work will always be an inspiration to me. Thank you, Margaret Keane.


“Margaret Keane has passed. She was a gentle, lovely person. When we met in 2003, her tale of abuse had been forgotten. We promised her we would tell the truth about her life & art, which is what mattered to her. It took almost 12 years, but she stuck with us. Cherished memories.” Scott Alexander shared on Twitter.

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