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    Alberto Vargas (1896-1982) Original Pin-up / Glamour Art (c.mid-1940s).
    Fiery hair, brilliantly detailed facial features and a lithe, prolongate pose highlight this tastefully rendered early 1940s original illustration, likely that of Hollywood actress Ann Sheridan. Born Clara Lou Sheridan of Denton, Texas, Ms. Sheridan was given the nickname "Oomph Girl" by Warner Brothers. She caught the eyes and lenses of many a photographer and graced the covers of numerous magazines from Life and Look, to Glamour and Silver Screen in the 1930s through the '50s, during which her movie career was in full bloom. She was also named Max Factor's "Girl of the Year" for 1939. This traditional pin-up illustration by renowned Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas captures the graceful lines and magnetic character of an actress who had, as Rex Harrison put it, "...a distinctive quality of earthiness that never transcends to blatant sexiness." Though with Vargas' wonderfully vivid imagery of her here, that may be a matter of some debate.
    Airbrush and watercolor on paper, framed (41 x 30.5), sight size approximately 27 x 17. Signed lower right.

    keywords: Vargas, Varga, Vargas Girls, Esquire, Paramount Pictures, Playboy illustrator, Warner Brothers, Ziegfeld Follies, airbrush artist, pin-up artist, illustrator


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    July, 2003
    15th-20th Tuesday-Sunday
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