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Walter Keane

 (1915 - 2000)
Walter Keane was active/lived in California, Nebraska.  Walter Keane is known for 'wide-eyed' naif child portrait and figure painting.

Biography   Walter Keane


Following is the obituary of the artist from the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Keane, Artist Associated With Big-Eyed Portraits"
Dan Levy
Published 4:00 am, Thursday, January 4, 2001

Walter Keane, a flamboyant 1950s and '60s North Beach artist best known for portraits of sad, doe-eyed children that became a worldwide sensation, died Dec. 27 at an Encinitas hospital. He was 85.

Mr. Keane had been suffering from lung and kidney disease, said Joan Keane, an ex-wife.

The creative authorship of the famous "Keane" pictures, which started out depicting big-eyed waifs and runaways but later graduated to big-eyed dogs, giraffes, geishas and grown adults, was the subject of a decades-long controversy. Bo   ...  Displaying 750 of 6596 characters.

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The Passing Scene, 1960
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