February 6, 2015

Sad Eyes

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 photo Puppy.jpg It seems like everybody had "Sad Eyes" posters in the early seventies. I had two but they were probably not actually done by the artist responsible for these works, Margaret Keane. In fact, one of the paintings below is signed by another artist altogether.

Ms. Keane is the subject of an upcoming movie; she painted but sold her work under the name of her husband. When they inevitably divorced, he denied  her invention of the genre and took claim of it for himself. Margaret eventually won.

These pictures are sadder than sad and I have no idea why they had such appeal to us back then. Maybe it was like leg warmers: everybody else seemed to like them, so...
Here are four more Keane-type works. You can see even more at the Keane Eyes Gallery.
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