Margaret Keane, the American artist known for her “big-eyed” paintings, has died at the age of 94.

His portraits of children with big eyes gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s.

Keane was embroiled in a legal battle over her job rights after her ex-husband Walter Keane claimed credit, a battle recounted in Tim Burton’s 2014 film Big Eyes.

A statement on the artist’s Facebook page confirmed that the “Big-Eyed Mother, Our Queen, a Modern Master and Legend” died peacefully Sunday morning at her Napa, California home.

Jane Swigert, Keane’s daughter, told the New York Times that her cause of death was heart failure.

Keane was born in 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee.

She married Walter in 1955 who began selling his work and took credit for it as it grew in popularity and sold millions.

Although his artwork, which featured portraits of sad, big-eyed ‘forgetfuls’, was rejected by critics, it was loved by celebrities and the public alike.

He later sued Walter in 1986 and a judge ordered the couple to paint in the courtroom, but Walter refused.

Actress Amy Adams played Keane in Big Eyes, which sparked further interest in the artist’s work.

Amy Adams played artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes.  Photo: The Weinstein Company
Amy Adams played Margaret Keane in the 2014 film Big Eyes. Photo: The Weinstein Company

Tributes poured out for the artist on social media with a message from his Instagram page that read: “We will miss his love, his creative wits and his passion to keep creating new works until his passing.” .

While Larry Karaszewski, who co-wrote Big Eyes, posted a picture of himself with Keane.

She wrote: “Thankful we all spent so much time getting to know her beautiful spirit. It took a decade to bring” Big Eyes “to the screen. But her story as a survivor of abuse was important. She wanted the world to know. the truth about his life and his art. “

Keane’s big eyes have influenced a variety of toy and cartoon designs, including Blythe dolls, the cartoon Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken.

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