4 Responses to “Doe Eyed Girl”

  1. Allee Willis

    Though not a Keane this was obviously influenced by Margaret, the originator of the big doe eyed look in paintings. I never collected the paintings or prints because at the time I thought they were too common. But I admired them because they were iconic in what I think was one of the most revolutionary decades in American history, the 1960s.

    Last week I got to meet Margaret Keane. Seeing the paintings close up made me fall in love with them so I am over my ban on doe eyed paintings forever! Check this out for the real deal: https://www.alleewillis.com/blog/2010/03/31/allee-willis-kitsch-o-the-day-%E2%80%93-the-only-thing-better-then-a-keane-painting-is-to-be-with-keane/

  2. denny

    Glad you lifted your ban Allee. I love this and really dig that she/he is wearing a beret…..my favorite clothing accessory! I too have found some great things in my father in-laws house and he thinks I am absolutely nutty for wanting to keep certain things. Cool post!

  3. Douglas Wood

    I really love this one because unlike Margaret Keane, this artist has very little artistic skill. If Margaret Keane’s work is deemed by the legitimate art world as being kitschy and maudlin, this painting is even kitschier and more maudlin. It’s so over-the-top cheesy, it makes Margaret Keane look like Da Vinci.

    • Allee Willis

      What you’ve just described is the perfect storm scenario for kitsch to sprout like weeds, when something becomes so trendy that everyone tries to cop the style. The results at the shallow end of the pool can be breathtaking.