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.
COLLECTOR'S 1991 true first edition, first printing hardcover art book with original dust jacket – Varga by Tom Robotham.
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Greenwich, Ct., Copyright: 1991, true first edition, probable first printing. ISBN 1566198690. Not ex-library. Not later reprint.
The Vargas girl is the eternal pinup: alluringly beautiful, yet simultaneously warm, innocent and approachable. During the 1940’s she enchanted and motivated thousands of American soldiers. Although the Varga Girl is inextricably linked with World War II, her appeal still endures today, and her unique place in American popular culture has made her a collector’s item.
Graphic artist Alberto Vargas’s luscious Varga Girl Was introduced to the world on October 15, 1940 by Esquire magazine. As well as ordinary girls, Vargas used Hollywood icons such as Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo as his models, complimenting their natural glamour with the sensual elegance and delicate coloring typical of his inimitable style.
SUPERB illustrations over 70 full page color plates including over 15 double-page plates. Introduction includes many additional color and black & white drawings, various photographs with pictures of Vargas, movie star photos, advertisements etc... Photos do not fully capture exact color hues; wait until you see. WOW!
Chapters: Introduction, Sweet Innocence, The Art of Seduction, Patriotic Fever, and Faces and List of Color Plates. His Esquire calendar appeared in December issues, from the 1920s Ziegfeld Follies until the 1970s. The focus here is on his years with Esquire, during the 1940s. Featured: Pastel portraits, movie posters, Hollywood film stars, sex symbols, pin-up girls, calendar art, 20th century art, burlesque and more.
Oversize heavy hardcover, blonde sailor woman on DJ, black cloth boards, silver spine titles, black endpapers. 128 MINT glossy pages. No marks or tears. Binding tight. Fine vintage condition. Pages fine/bright/clean/minimal shelfwear-few intro pp top tiny bump. DJ near fine/bright/clean/light general shelfwear. Cover mostly fine/bright/clean/only shelfwear-top bump approx. 1.6” wide x ¼”& small bottom side bump.
Packed with stunning illustrations, Varga tells the poignant story of both the popular 1940's pin-up icon and her creator, Alberto Vargas. This gorgeous color collection presents the Varga Girl in all her enchanting guises and illustrates her unique place in American pop-culture as a collector's item.
Do not pass up this artistic MASTERPIECE; will make a fabulous gift!!