I just love a vintage portrait. And, if it is off a slightly put-off or strong-willed woman, I love it even more. When I first began collecting, I wondered if it was strange to own and hang paintings of people I've never known - aren't portraits a "family thing?" Absolutely not!
People possess such a wide and varied amount of beauty, why wouldn't you adorn your home with their faces? All great artists have produced portraits at one point or another, and an artist's technique, brush work and color selections can say so much about his or her sitter and about your own traits as a person and a collector.
Here are a few modern interiors featuring fun portraits that I've been carrying around in my iphone (I do a lot of late night browsing). If you like that first portrait by Alex Katz, you're going to love the suite of portraits I've just added to my inventory! Sorry I don't have image credits: