'Big Eyes' the latest in Tim Burton's gallery of pop-art portraits

December 22, 2014 1:46 PM

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In the early 1990s, long before Tim Burton ever planned to make a movie about Margaret Keane, he traveled to Northern California to commission a portrait from the artist whose paintings of children with oversize, mournful eyes were a nearly inescapable backdrop to 1960s pop culture.

"I went and visited her just because I was a fan," Burton recalled recently. "The work was very present in the culture I grew up in. There's something really creepy about it - this may have to do with it being at my grandmother's house or the doctor's office.... It was very suburban art. That had im...

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