'Big Eyes' director Tim Burton draws praise for tale of pop art and ego

December 5, 2014 1:06 PM

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In the annals of true-life weird tales, few are stranger than the saga of Margaret and Walter Keane. In the 1960s, the couple rocketed to Pop art celebrity as Walter gained fame for the mass-produced images of melancholy children gazing out at the world through doleful, oversized eyes. In truth, the work was Margaret's, and after a decade of reluctantly watching her husband take credit for her art, she finally spoke out.

The dispute ended up in court, with a judge supplying paints to both parties and instructing them to produce a completed canvas in one hour. Despite Margaret's victory in the proceedings, Walter continued to claim that he was the true artist.

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