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ALBERTO VARGAS

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Artist Art Brokerage: Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas. 60 listings. We have buyers now for original erotic paintings. 1896-1982 - Artist Alberto Vargas was born in Arequipa, Peru, in 1896, the son of a successful photographer, and was educated in Switzerland. Arriving in New York in 1916, he was determined to stay in America and pursue what became an illustrious career. Alberto Vargas' name has become synonymous with pin-up girls, but in the early 1940s, he was just a guy hired by "Esquire" magazine to imitate departed star George Petty, who bolted over pay. Vargas initially aped Petty's sleek women with their telephone posing and large-hat lounging; soon, however, Vargas' own distinctive, delicate watercolor style emerged. His wide-eyed wonder- women rivaled Betty Grable as the ultimate pin-up girl of World War II. Vargas (who signed his Esquire work "Varga") had already achieved some notoriety for his Ziegfeld Follies and movie poster art. But "Esquire" made him famous, though he was paid poorly and, like Petty, eventually quit. Vargas was given a second shot at fame and fortune by longtime fan Hugh Hefner. Alberto Vargas' regular "Playboy" slot in the 1960s and '70s elevated Vargas to a pinnacle eclipsing Petty. One of the true giants of American illustration, Alberto Vargas has created an art style so sensuous, so exquisite, that for the past six decades his magnificent paintings of women have come to embody the fantasies of three generations of women and men around the world. His work also appeared in "Harper's Bazaar", "Theatre Magazine", and "Tattler". Alberto Vargas passsed away in December 1982.

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Alberto Vargas

"Bridal Vision, Study Watercolor 1948"

Watercolor

Watercolor and Pencil

27 x 18 in  |  67 x 46 cm
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Alberto Vargas

"Nude with White Feather Watercolor 1939"

Watercolor

Watercolor on Board

25 x 20 x 1 in  |  64 x 51 x 3 cm
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Alberto Vargas

"Topless Blonde Holding Mirror 1945"

Watercolor

Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Conte Crayon

17 x 26 in  |  43 x 66 cm
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Alberto Vargas

"Bridal Vision, Study Watercolor 1948"

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27 x 18 in  |  67 x 46 cm
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Itzchak Tarkay

"In the Cafe"

Watercolor

Watercolor And Mixed Media on Wove Paper

14 x 19 in  |  36 x 48 cm
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Melvin John Ramos

"Pepsi Cola 2005"

Limited Edition Print

Enamel Print on Metal

16 x 16 in  |  41 x 41 cm
$2,700 USD OBO
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Melvin John Ramos

"Martini Miss 2004"

Limited Edition Print

Lithograph

35 x 23 in  |  89 x 58 cm
$3,400 USD OBO
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Larry Garrison Vincent

"Suzanne 1974"

Original Painting

Oil on Masonite

24 x 36 in  |  61 x 91 cm
$3,700 USD Firm
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Melvin John Ramos

"American Beauty (Hubba Hubba)"

Limited Edition Print

Enamel Print on Metal

16 x 16 in  |  41 x 41 cm
$2,200 USD Firm
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Olivia De Berardinis

"Untitled Watercolor 1992"

Watercolor

Watercolor

15 x 40 in  |  38 x 102 cm
$7,000 USD OBO
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Tomasz Rut

"Sostenuto"

Limited Edition Print

Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas, 24k Gold Leaf

32 x 26 in  |  81 x 67 cm
$4,000 USD OBO
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Melvin John Ramos

"Zebra 1965"

Limited Edition Print

Lithograph

25 x 21 in  |  64 x 52 cm
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Tomasz Rut

"Ex Animo"

Original Painting

Oil on Canvas

48 x 39 in  |  122 x 99 cm
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Tomasz Rut

"Orpheica 2003"

Limited Edition Print

Giclee on Museum Board

22 x 24 in  |  56 x 61 cm
$3,900 USD Firm
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Steve Hanks

"Letter PP"

Limited Edition Print

Hand Drawn Lithograph

41 x 23 in  |  104 x 58 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
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Larry Garrison Vincent

"Untitled Nude Portrait"

Original Painting

Oil on Canvas

36 x 24 in  |  90 x 60 cm
$8,000 USD OBO
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Douglas Hofmann

"Bieres De La Meuse"

Limited Edition Print

Lithograph

31 x 25 in  |  79 x 64 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
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Bill Mack

"Daydream Bronze Sculpture"

Sculpture

Bronze

32 x 41 x 7 in  |  81 x 104 x 18 cm
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Sergey Ignatenko

"Blue Ice Nude 2007"

Original Painting

Oil on Canvas

20 x 24 in  |  50 x 60 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
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Tomasz Rut

"Ad Extremum 2003"

Original Painting

Oil Painting on Canvas

48 x 52 in  |  122 x 132 cm
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Tomasz Rut

"Hectoreia 2013"

Original Painting

Oil on Canvas

32 x 59 in  |  81 x 150 cm
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Tomasz Rut

"Luxuria"

Limited Edition Print

Giclee on Paper

22 x 31 in  |  56 x 79 cm
$2,700 USD OBO
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Melvin John Ramos

"Have a Havana VI"

Limited Edition Print

Lithograph

23 x 23 in  |  58 x 58 cm
$3,400 USD OBO
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Felix Mas

"Entreacto AP 2003"

Limited Edition Print

Serigraph on Linen

19 x 24 in  |  47 x 61 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
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Bill Mack

"Ascension Bonded Bronze Sculpture 2001"

Sculpture

Bronze Sculpture

47 x 26 in  |  119 x 66 cm
$12,000 USD OBO
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Bill Mack

"Caring Mother and Child Bronze Sculpture"

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Bronze

24 x 18 in  |  61 x 46 cm
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