The other day, I had a little extra time on my hands and decided to do an impromptu search for “mid-century portrait paintings” on Etsy. I typed exactly that into the search bar, and although some of the results were definitely not what I had in mind, I ended up falling down the rabbit hole of a very specific type of art that did speak to me: Socialist Realism.
Nearly every tab that I opened on my Internet browser ended up being from this era and region, and I quickly realized that I couldn’t keep the beautiful pieces of art to myself. So, I decided to round up all of my favorites for you here. Scroll on for the linked portraits, all of which are one of a kind and currently for sale through Etsy.
You can probably sense the style theme here—intermingled (but not mixed) colors, a kind of sketchy, unfinished quality, vague backgrounds. Although most of these are on the small side, nearly all of them are hugely affordable (the only exception being the Vintage Large Pop Art Portrait Oil Painting), and each would make a big impact either hung or leaned somewhere in your space.