A sumptuous presentation of the extraordinary life and work of South American artist Alberto Vargas. He 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. One of the true giants of American illustration!!
COLLECTOR'S 1978 true first edition out-of-print stiff glossy wraps book – Vargas by Alberto Vargas and Reid Austin. Foreword by Hugh Hefner. The gorgeous color front cover features Shelly Winters. Back cover: Legacy Nude #8.
Original $9.95 printed price on back. Provenance tidbit: Small $9.95 price sticker from the well known Bretano's Books on back. Publisher: Harmony Books, New York, Copyright, 1978, true first edition, second printing. ISBN 0-517-530481. Not ex-library.
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.
Gorgeous examples from every period abound - Ziegfeld Follies girls, glamorous Hollywood sex goddesses, and finally, the Vargas Girls, ethereal creatures who have graced the pages of Esquire and Playboy Magazine for nearly forty years. His finest works in a single volume from 1920s to present.
160 of Vargas's most lushly alluring paintings have been gathered together in one exquisite volume including numerous full page color plates and black & white drawings. Photos do not fully capture exact color hues; wait until you see these stunning, vibrant illustrations up close. WOW!!
Featured: Art Deco, watercolor paintings, pastel portraits, movie posters, Hollywood film stars, sex symbols, pin-up girls, calendar art, 20th century art, burlesque and more. Painted watercolor portraits, leading stars of 1919 Ziegfeld Follies for lobby of New Amsterdam Theatre. Betty Grable, Jane Russell, Kimono Girl, Legacy Nude#4, Marlene Dietrich - Art Deco Dietrich painting for Paramount Studios. Movie memorabilia includes pictures from Paramount Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers and MGM. Playboy magazine featuring gorgeous Playboy centerfold nudes and others.
CHAPTERS: Preface; Forward; Introduction: A man and his woman - extensive Vargas art history text with outstanding illustrations and photographs; The 20's and the Follies; The 30's and Hollywood; The 40's and the "Varga" girl; The 50's and the Vargas girl; The 60's & 70's and Technique.
The text is very informative and as an autobiography, it provides more information about Vargas than any other book. The bio information is also very helpful, as it narrows down the dates of some images based on where Vargas was living when, and who he was doing work for.
Oversize, stiff color illus. glossy wraps. 128pp., 9¾" wide by 12" tall. Binding tight. Illustrations are vibrant, beautiful condition, clean and bright. Excellent vintage condition. Cover excellent/bright/mostly clean/light general shelfwear includes light corner bumping. Pages near fine/excellent/bright/clean/light shelfwear includes pp before introduction occasional spots-page end foxing .
Do not pass up this artistic MASTERPIECE, this gem is the absolute best for the collector interested in the whole body of Vargas works; will make a fabulous gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!
1978 'Vargas', Alberto Vargas, RARE 1st Edition, 1940’s Calendar Art, Pin-Up Girls, Cheesecake, Esquire Magazine, Varga Girl, Erotic Art, Sex Symbol, Celebrities, Movie Posters, Patriotic Fever, OUT-of-PRINT
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