Margaret Keane

1927 - 2022

Photo of Margaret Keane

Icon of person Margaret Keane

Margaret D. H. Keane (born Peggy Doris Hawkins, September 15, 1927 – June 26, 2022) was an American artist known for her paintings of subjects with big eyes. She mainly painted women, children, or animals in oil or mixed media. The work achieved commercial success through inexpensive reproductions on prints, plates, and cups. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margaret Keane has received more than 3,956,758 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Margaret Keane is the 555th most popular painter (down from 188th in 2019), the 1,750th most popular biography from United States (down from 550th in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Painter.

Margaret Keane is most famous for her paintings of big-eyed children. She and her husband Walter Keane were both artists, but she was the one who became famous for her paintings.

Memorability Metrics

  • 4.0M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 58.90

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.45

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.40

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among painters, Margaret Keane ranks 555 out of 2,023Before her are Edmund Leighton, Sol LeWitt, Carlo Maratta, Pietro Longhi, Yoshitoshi, and Ivan Bilibin. After her are Théophile Steinlen, Edward Steichen, Leonor Fini, Salomon van Ruysdael, John Tenniel, and Michael Pacher.

Most Popular Painters in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1927, Margaret Keane ranks 84Before her are George C. Scott, Lucio Fulci, Günter Guillaume, Wadie Haddad, Sabah, and Alfredo Kraus. After her are Jupp Derwall, Pierre Alechinsky, Bob Fosse, Rosemary Harris, Jerry Stiller, and R. D. Laing. Among people deceased in 2022, Margaret Keane ranks 89Before her are Jürgen Grabowski, Ichirou Mizuki, Fred Ward, Saul Kripke, A. B. Yehoshua, and David Sassoli. After her are Evaristo Carvalho, Coolio, Paul Veyne, Patrick Tambay, Thierry Mugler, and Just Jaeckin.

Others Born in 1927

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2022

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, Margaret Keane ranks 1,750 out of 20,380Before her are Barbara Bel Geddes (1922), Martin Rodbell (1925), Luis Walter Alvarez (1911), Stephen Lang (1952), Aaron Copland (1900), and George Gaylord Simpson (1902). After her are Robert Moog (1934), Emilio Estevez (1962), Billy Crystal (1948), Wolfgang Kapp (1858), Robby Krieger (1946), and Lloyd Bridges (1913).

Among PAINTERS In United States

Among painters born in United States, Margaret Keane ranks 16Before her are Frederic Edwin Church (1826), Joseph Kosuth (1945), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), Bob Ross (1942), Lyonel Feininger (1871), and Sol LeWitt (1928). After her are Jasper Johns (1930), Frank Stella (1936), Carl Andre (1935), John Frederick Kensett (1816), Thomas Eakins (1844), and Cy Twombly (1928).