Margaret Keane, painter of sad-eyed wrecks, dies at 94


Margaret Doris Hawkins was born on September 6, 1927, in Nashville, the older of two children of David Hawkins, an insurance agent, and Jessie (McBurnett) Hawkins. Margaret and her brother, David, attended public schools.

In a 1975 article for the Jehovah’s Witnesses publication Awake, she described herself as “a sick, often lonely and very shy child,” who developed a passion for drawing at an early age. Her family attended a Methodist church, where she was known for her sketches of wide-eyed angels.

At age 10, Margaret was enrolled in art classes at the Watkins Institute (later known as Watkins College of Art, Design and Film). His first oil painting depicted two little girls, one crying and the other laughing. At 18, she attended the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York, an art and design school.

In 1948, she married Frank Ulbrich. They had a daughter, Jane. That marriage ended in divorce, as did her marriage to Mr. Keane in 1955. Her 1966 marriage to Mr. McGuire ended in his death in 1983. In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Keane leaves in the mourning five stepchildren from her marriage to Mr. McGuire, Danny, Maureen, Brian and Colleen McGuire and Mary Ann Russo; and eight step-grandchildren.

Ms. Keane returned to California in 1992. She established her gallery in San Francisco, bought a house north of the city, and for more than 25 years continued to paint and sell her work. For the past few years, she had lived with her daughter in the Napa area. After the release of Mr. Burton’s film and a book, “Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes” (2014), by Adam Parfrey and Cletus Nelson, Ms. Keane’s work has seen a resurgence. public interest.

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