The Painted Ladies

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{Photo courtesy of Charity D’Amato}

Mid-century portrait paintings are a current obsession. When I see one, “52 Girls” by the B-52’s runs through my head as I mentally assign retro names to each lady (“Hazel and Mavis…..Wanda and Janet and Ronnie and Reba-o-o-o….”), which I’ve also done below. There’s something about them that’s so charming—beyond the period garb. I’ve often wondered if the paint pigment was even slightly different back in the day. Whatever the case, the colors, the poses, the hair and clothing are all very unique to the 50’s and 60’s. And when grouped together, as in the photo above, they not only make a great conversation piece, they look like they’re having one. (Check out this home tour for more lady decor.) Below are some current faves I’ve come across in person and around the web.

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At top, “Joan” from Old New House on Etsy / Bottom left, “Susie”, found at Alameda Point Antiques Faire / Bottom right, “Mabel”, currently at Stuff in San Francisco

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Top left, “Louise”, currently at Stuff in San Francisco / Top right, “Madge”, found at Alameda Point Antiques Faire / Bottom left, “Betty”, Etsy source unknown / Bottom right, “Tina” from Antique Art Garden, Etsy / Below, “Effie” at Mighty Finds, Etsy

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