A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
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In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. Written by
An early scene shows Margaret and Walter painting a landscape in San Francisco at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts building. However, in the 1950s the 1915 constructed Palace had not yet been restored and was in a crumbling state of ruins and fenced off and not visible to the public. It wasn't until the late 1960s that the palace was restored to its original beauty. See more »
As an art lover I enjoyed Big Eyes because it exposes some the complexity of inspiration and the creation of art. Big Eyes as the title shows is about the Big Eyes paintings. But it also has the theme of how strong women can overcome any challenge. In the 1950s it was unimaginable for a woman to set her own course. The main character leaves her husband and takes her child only to fall for a smooth talker who takes credit for her art. All is OK, until she discovers she wants to grow and not be hidden in the darkness. Along the way she uses the art as a means to expose herself and share to the world how the eyes are windows to the soul.
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