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"NO DOGS ALLOWED"
BY ARTIST WALTER KEANE
DEPICTS A BIG EYED BOY AND HIS FLUFFY WHITE BIG EYED DOG
VINTAGE WOOD FRAMED
MEASURES ABOUT 14-3/4'' x 26-1/2''
A TURNER WALL ACCESSORY
MADE IN THE USA
POSTER BOARD PRINT
SHOWS SOME AGE COLORATION ON THE RAG BORDER OF THE FRAME
OTHERWISE A GREAT PERIOD DECOR
RARE - SCARCE - DESIRABLE
Walter Stanley Keane (born October 7, 1915, in Lincoln, Nebraska, died December 27, 2000, in Encinitas, California) was an American artist working in San Francisco. He gained fame as a painter who, together with his wife Margaret Keane, produced a large number of kitsch paintings, characterized by large-eyed waifs.
Keane was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1915, one of 10 children from his father's second marriage. He grew up near the center of Lincoln and made money by selling shoes. In the early 1930s he moved to Los Angeles, California where he attended Los Angeles City College. He entered into business, and first met Margaret in 1947. He married her in 1955, and subsequently closed his Berkeley, California real estate firm to devote full time to painting, having studied art in Paris as a young man.
Keane claimed that his inspiration for the big eyed children came when he was in Europe as an art student. He is quoted as saying, "My psyche was scarred in my art student days in Europe, just after World War II, by an ineradicable memory of war-wracked innocents. In their eyes lurk all of mankind's questions and answers. If mankind would look deep into the soul of the very young, he wouldn't need a road map. I wanted other people to know about those eyes, too. I want my paintings to clobber you in the heart and make you yell, 'DO SOMETHING!"
In 1957, after having been painting full time for nine years, Keane decided it would be "a good idea" to display his work at the Outsider Art show being held in Washington Square in Manhattan. In 1959 he and wife Margaret were referred to as "the family that paints together sells together". In a New York exhibition, patrons bought 20 pieces of Walter's, 20 of Margaret's, and six painted by their daughters Susan and Jane. In 1961, The Prescolite Manufacturing Corporation bought Keane's painting Our Children and presented it to the United Nations Children's Fund. It is in the United Nations permanent collection of art. In 1965 Keane was named "one of the most controversial and most successful painters at work today", with his works owned by many celebrities and hanging in many permanent collections.
As early as 1957 it was reported that Margaret superimposed some of her work onto her husband's paintings, with Walter quoted as saying, "When I paint people, she usually complains that the eyes aren't big enough and proceeds to make them bigger," but photos released in 1961 showed both Walter and Margaret at the same time painting portraits of actress Natalie Wood, with Margaret representing her as a "pensive, sophisticated woman" and Walter portraying her as a "wistful, wide-eyed waif", as well as additional photos showing the two Keanes at work in their studio, both painting 'big-eyed' portraits, with the figures in Walter's work having their eyes more exaggerated than those of Margaret's.
The couple separated in November 1964 and a divorce was granted in May 1965. After their separation, and in speaking about how the two met, Margaret stated "It was the eyes that did it. I liked the way he painted eyes and he liked mine." "...I admire his genius tremendously." By 1970, Margaret was remarried, having wed Honolulu sportswriter Dan McGuire.
The dispute between Margaret and Walter began after release of a news article in which Walter compared himself to Rembrandt and El Greco. In a response at odds with released photographs of the two at work and her own earlier published remarks, Margaret stated that it was actually she who did all the 'eyes' paintings and then issued a public challenge to Walter for a "paint off" to be held in San Francisco's Union Square. Walter chose to ignore Margaret's challenge, being initially "flabbergasted and at a loss for words", and then later "amused by the claims". Margaret appeared and produced a painting, but Walter did not attend.
In 1984, Margaret continued asserting that her ex-husband "couldn't learn to paint at all", and challenged Walter to another paint-off. In an announcement of the new challenge, she was quoted as saying, "Let him paint or shut up". Walter had suggested to USA Today that Margaret was claiming credit for the pictures only because she thought he was dead. In response, she slapped him with a slander suit. During the 1986 lawsuit, a federal judge in Honolulu, Hawaii ordered both Walter and Margaret Keane to paint pictures for the jury. Margaret produced a painting in 53 minutes, while Walter pleaded that he was taking medication for a painfully injured shoulder and declined to paint. Margaret had also brought in drawings she had done when an eleven-year-old child that had similarly over-sized eyes. Losing the lawsuit, he was ordered to pay her $4 million for emotional distress and damaged reputation.
Even having lost the suit, Keane continued to insist that he was the creator of the big-eyed children. Walter Keane, who habitually referred to himself in the third person, took special pride in the eyes, which were part of the reason for his commercial success. Their dispute continued for decades, with both Walter and Margaret claiming to be creators of the large eye motif. In 1991, he was quoted as saying, "I painted the waifs of the world." Rumours of Keane having died in 1993 were dispelled when he showed up in early December at a location in Brentwood to autograph copies of his autobiography, The World of Keane.
Keane was 85 when he died 7 years later, on December 27, 2000, in Encinitas, California.
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