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January 20, 2014

Divorce Paint-Off: The Eyes Have It

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In the 1960s, Margaret Keane's artwork was sold under the name of her husband, Walter Keane, who claimed credit for her work.
Conflict over that issue was cited as one of the reasons they divorced. The Keanes' divorce proceedings went all the way to federal court. At the hearing, Margaret challenged Walter to a "paint-off" and created a painting in front of the judge to prove that she was the artist. Walter declined to paint before the court, citing a sore shoulder. Margaret Keane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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In the late 70s and early 80s, Keane's work was tourist popular in almost every art galley in Waikiki, though even then I could not imagine paying the price asked for a piece. Dealers would bring up the artistic dispute then also.

Posted by: John Venlet at January 20, 2014 11:18 AM

Margaret should have let Walter take the credit, and just keep the money. Her paintings are hideous.

Posted by: Jewel at January 20, 2014 12:40 PM

There's a film with a story line like this. Blue stars the scrumptious Juliette Binoche who writes all the music hubby is famous for, has his child and then finds out after hubby and daughter are killed in a car crash. Good film.

Posted by: Glenn at January 20, 2014 6:42 PM

There's a film with a story line like this. Blue stars the scrumptious Juliette Binoche who writes all the music hubby is famous for, has his child and then finds out after hubby and daughter are killed in a car crash. Good film.

Posted by: Glenn at January 20, 2014 6:43 PM

Kitsch.

Posted by: ahem at January 20, 2014 7:30 PM

White and Red were far better films than Blue, which was just depressing. Even the EU anthem she wrote was horribly depressing.

Posted by: Jewel at January 20, 2014 11:31 PM

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