Vintage, painted portraits can be delightful visual juxtapositions in a modern space. Even if the piece itself isn't an actual vintage, a modern print in an oil painting style is striking in contemporary interior design. The unexpectedness of a traditional piece in a well-styled home makes for a wonderful conversation piece plus a beautiful heirloom for generations to come.
The great thing about these portraits is that there are a variety of ways to get your hands on them. If you're in the market for an authentically-vintage painted portrait, try your hand at antique and second-hand shops or estate sales, where these are usually hiding, waiting for an enthusiastic buyer to unearth them from underneath the junk. You could also try online sources like eBay, Craigslist and the vintage section of Etsy online. If you're not in the market to break the bank or search through the rubble, prints can be found on Etsy or a variety of design-worthy gift shops as well as through the Library of Congress and many art and history museums.
Check out these inspirational home vignettes, plus a few favorites for sale, both prints and originals, to give you an idea of what's out there:
1. Jenny Brandt of Dos Family on Design*Sponge
2. James & Mark's Haute Flea Market Style on Apartment Therapy
3. Victoria of SF Girl by Bay
4. Karen Bertelsen's home on Style at Home
5. Amy McVey on Design*Sponge
PAINTINGS & PRINTS FOR PURCHASE:
6. "Her Face Launched a Thousand Ships" by Janet Hill (Assemble Shop & Studio)
7. "The Hold" by Kai Samuels-Davis (Etsy)
8. "Portrait Painting of Young Gentleman 1915" (Etsy)
9. "George Romney" portrait print (Etsy)
10. A look inside Jux.ta.po.si.tion Home in Newport Coast, CA by La Dolfina Lifestyle
(Images: as linked above)
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