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Beauty 1993

Alberto Vargas

Limited Edition Print : Lithograph on Opalesque Paper
Size : 26x19 in  |  66x48 cm
Framed : 26x19 in  |  66x48 cm
Edition : From the Edition of 300

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Year1993

Hand SignedLower Left in Pen 

Condition Excellent 

Framed with GlassGold Frame 

Purchased fromGallery 1993 

Provenance / HistoryFrom the San Francisco Art Exchange, in 1993. 

Certificate of AuthenticitySan Francisco Art Exchange 

LID75549

Alberto Vargas - Peru

Art Brokerage: Alberto Vargas Peruvian Artist: b. 1896-1982. 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 passed away in December 1982. Original paintings and hands signed lithographs wanted.

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