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Alberto Vargas: Works from the Max Vargas Collection Hardcover – September 20, 2006
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This book contains an eclectic assortment of Vargas art beginning with the earliest work in 1914 and running up through 1975, over sixty years worth of work. It is indeed fascinating to compare his works from the twenties to those of the sixties and seventies. Despite the changes in fashion, hairstyles, and even facial expressions, Vargas' work always had an innate sensuality to them.
The names of the Follies women aren't remembered by most people today but women like Olive Thomas and Nita Nadli were the starlets of their era. His work in the thirties included paintings of Hollywood stars as well movie posters. His subjects included a young Shirley Temple and the sultry Marlene Dietrich.
Several examples of Vargas' sketches are shown partnered with the finished paintings so one can see the progression and changes made along the way. There are a number of two-page spreads in the book such as "Cordillera De Los Andes" a wonderful nude spread of a sexy blonde lying face down. It is simple, yet remarkable erotic. "Blonde Venus" is yet another fantastic 1950's nude spread.Read more ›
I wish there were even more drawings to enjoy.
My wife and I both appreciate Vargas' art and have bought one or two small, cheaper pieces for decoration. Having done that - and with Christmas coming - I thought it would be a good idea to buy this book. This was one of my better decisions.
Oh, some may carp about the size and selection of the images and some may reference other Vargas collections that are somehow 'better'. Me, I'm simply delighted with my purchase.
This book traces Vargas over many years and delivers his most delightful art on every page. Apart from the sheer beauty of his fantasies/studies, the book is interesting for the changes in style apparent as Vargas drew beauty over decades - but that's a small point.
The larger point is that this is a richly-produced visual delight that will be looked-at often on our house. I think I spent my money wisely.
Very big edition, well written, and with a reasonable price. Sadly, it could have included more of his artwork; but at this moment is the best and biggest compilation from his work that I have found.
Very good for a perfect gift or if you are a pin-up fan from the 30's to 70's
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought as reference for future Tattoo designs. Sits on coffee table and always draws attention.
Nicely done. I would recommend this to a friend.
Very informational I liked the progression of the pictures with the story linePublished 15 months ago by Robert Jette
Any fan of Vargas, the American pin-up, or World War II era United States will love this book.Published 20 months ago by James Wolfe
If you're into pinups, the works of Vargas and Elvgren are must-haves. Vargas is a particular favorite of mine, and I loved everything about this book. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by D. T.