Women In Paintings

By Alison April 16, 2011 3 Comments 1 Min Read

I have long suspected that the word is divided into portrait and landscape people and never the twain do meet for each and every one of us becomes almost fixated on he kind of art we are drawn to and find it difficult to imagine offering wall space to anything but.

Me, I am a people person. More specifically I a woman’s woman. I am drawn to junky oil paintings of women and girls, for reasons I barely understand. Certainly it has little to do with beauty – indeed some of the vaguely homo-erotic stuff  from the 1930’s could be considered far more appealing, so no, it isn’t about beauty, but instead about the stories I imagine these un-named female subjects could tell. The secrets I am sure they are keeping. A sense of female knowing perhaps, that I could never glean from a similar portrait of a man.

And so today, while my own man sweats profusely in the warm back yard, laying decking and chatting with the neighbours, I am here, crawling around the corridors of Ebay in search of woman I recognize, gathering kindred spirits for my own amusement and wishing there was enough wall space in this tiny terraced cottage to ask them to come find a permanent home here.

So how about you? What do you like to have on your walls? Do you too find comfort in yesterdays faces or would you find it almost ghoulish to hang portraits of those you don’t know on your walls?


  1. Gena says:

    My entire staircase is adorned with vintage wedding photographs of total strangers! I started my collection many years ago because I thought it the saddest thing that someones special day ended up at a car boot sale or whatever,they have pride of place in my home and I love them all!

    1. brocantehome says:

      Oh that's gorgeous Gena… what a lovely way to honour lost love. I bet they all feel like family now don't they?

  2. Melinda says:

    I just started my collection of vintage oil portraits – I have two women and one young boy. I also just started a collection of vintage shell boxes that I think were called valentine boxes from sailors.

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