Alberto Vargas Bio

Alberto Vargas, Peruvian (1896 - 1982)

Born in Arequipa, Peru, Joaquin Alberto Vargas y Chavez studied art in Zurich and Geneva prior to WW I. While there he also visited Paris and that was when he discovered Ingres and Raphael Kirchner. Kirchner was a premier artist for La Vie Parisienne. Kirchner's technique and his approach to the female figure profoundly influenced Vargas. In 1916 Vargas headed home to Peru via the US, but he stayed in New York and found work retouching photographsas well as drawing and painting.

In 1919, Vargas became the primary Ziegfeld artist for twelve years.When that work ended in 1931 he found himself in financial hardship and desperate for work. Then Esquire hired him to replace George Petty, another well-known pin-up artist of the time. In 1958, Vargas finally returned to Peru for a much-needed break from his commercial artist career. Back in the US in 1960, Hugh Hefner hired Vargas to paint foldout nudes for Playboy magazine. At the age of 64, Vargas began a new career that would finally give him the respect and financial security he merited. He worked for Playboy for 16 years during which time he produced 152 paintings. Many of them were masterpieces, but the constant need to create a glamorous painting of a sexy 19 year old month after month often resulted in some formulaic and occasionally perfunctory work.

Vargas had an intuitive ability to paint an idealized female form glorified but never vulgarized. Vargas’ art was all about sensuality and seduction, but the sex was never blatant.

Artworks




"Broadway Showgirl" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Broadway Showgirl"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 35" x 25"

Retail Price: $2,500.00

Asking Price: $1,125.00 - Make an Offer - unframed



"Broadway Showgirl" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Broadway Showgirl"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 35" x 25"

Retail Price: $4,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,350.00 - Make an Offer - Framed



"First Love" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "First Love"

Medium: Lithograph

Unframed Size: 26" x 39"

Retail Price: $10,000.00

Asking Price: $2,500.00 - Make An Offer - Unframed



"First Love" Lithograph/Opalesque by Alberto Vargas

Title: "First Love"

Medium: Lithograph/Opalesque

Unframed Size: 26" x 39"

Retail Price: $12,000.00

Asking Price: $3,600.00 - Make an Offer - Framed



"Jeanne Dean" Lithograph/Odalesque by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Jeanne Dean"

Medium: Lithograph/Opalesque

Unframed Size: 19" x 26"

Retail Price: $6,000.00

Asking Price: $1,500.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"Jeanne Dean" Lithograph/arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Jeanne Dean"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 19"

Framed Size: 35" x 24"

Retail Price: $5,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,300.00 - Framed



Legacy Nude #1, "Sleeping Beauty" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #1, Sleeping Beauty

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Framed Size: 26" x 38"

Retail Price: $4,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00



Legacy Nude #1, "Sleeping Beauty" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #1, Sleeping Beauty

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 38"

Retail Price: $4,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00 - Unframed



Legacy Nude #1, "Sleeping Beauty" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #1, Sleeping Beauty"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 38"

Framed Size: 37" x 49"

Retail Price: $4,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,050.00 - Framed



Legacy Nude #1, "Apple Girl" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #10, Apple Girl"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 32 3/4" x 26"

Retail Price: $4,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $850.00



Legacy Nude #1, "Silk Stockings" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #11, Silk Stockings"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Framed Size: 26" x 36"

Retail Price: $4,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $850.00



"Legacy Nude #2, Pink Hat" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #2, Pink Hat"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 38"

Retail Price: $1,500.00

Asking Price: $750.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



Legacy Nude #2, "Pink Hat" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #2, Pink Hat"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 38"

Framed Size: 34" x 47"

Retail Price: $2,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00 - Framed



Legacy Nude #3, "Sand Witch" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #3, Sand Witch"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26 1/2" x 39"

Framed Size: 35" x 48"

Retail Price: $3,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00 - Framed



Legacy Nude #4, "Exuberance" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #4, Exuberance"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Framed Size: 26" x 38"

Retail Price: $3,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $850.00 - Unframed



Legacy Nude #5, "Red Fire" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #5, Red Fire"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 38 1/2"

Retail Price: $2,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $850.00



Legacy Nude #6, "Big Blonde" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #6, Big Blonde"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 32 1/2"

Retail Price: $2,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $850.00 - Unframed



Legacy Nude #7, "Blonde Venus" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #7, Blonde Venus"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 38"

Retail Price: $1,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $750.00 - Unframed



Legacy Nude #8, "Nice & Easy" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #8, Nice & Easy"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 32 1/2"

Retail Price: $3,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00 - Framed



Legacy Nude #8, "Nice & Easy" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #8, Nice & Easy"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 32 1/2"

Retail Price: $3,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00 - Unframed



Legacy Nude #9, "Gold Carnation" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #9, Gold Carnation"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 21 1/2" x 29 1/2"

Retail Price: $1,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $750.00 - Unframed



"Memories of Olive" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Memories of Olive"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 25" X 33"

Retail Price: $10,000.00

Asking Price: $2,500.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"Memories of Olive" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Memories of Olive"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 33" x 25'

Retail Price: $10,000.00

Asking Price: $3,000.00 - Make an Offer - Framed



"November 1944" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "November 1944"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 33" x 23"

Framed Size: 42 1/2" x 32 1/2"

Retail Price: $4,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00 - Framed



"Sheer Elegance" Lithograph/Opalesque by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Sheer Elegance"

Medium: Lithograph/Opalesque

Unframed Size: 38" x 26

Retail Price: $6,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,800.00 - Make an Offer - Framed



"Sheer Elegance" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Sheer Elegance"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 35" x 25"

Framed Size: 45" x 32"

Retail Price: $5,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,050.00 - Framed



"Sleepy Time Gal" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Sleepy Time Gal"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 37" x 26"

Retail Price: $4,500.00

Asking Price: $1,125.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"Sleepy Time Gal" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Sleepy Time Gal"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 37" x 26"

Retail Price: $4,500.00

Asking Price: $1,125.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"Sleepy Time Gal" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Sleepy Time Gal"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 37" x 36"

Framed Size: 48" x 36"

Retail Price: $4,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $900.00 - Framed



"Sleepy Time Gal" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Sleepy Time Gal" 161/450

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 37" x 26"

Retail Price: $4,500.00

Asking Price: $1,125.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"Vargas Legacy Girl" Lithograph/Archers by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Vargas Legacy Girl"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 36" x 26"

Retail Price: $3,500.00

Asking Price: $875.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"Vargas Legacy Girl" Lithograph/Archers by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Vargas Legacy Girl"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 36" x 26"

Retail Price: $3,500.00

Asking Price: $875.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"Vargas Legacy Girl" Lithograph/Archers by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Vargas Legacy Girl" 62/450

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 36" x 26"

Retail Price: $3,500.00

Asking Price: $875.00 - Make an Offer - Unframed



"World War II" Lithograph/Opalesque by Alberto Vargas

Title: "World War II"

Medium: Lithograph/Opalesque

Unframed Size: 30" x 38"

Retail Price: $4,000.00

Asking Price: $1,200.00 - Make an Offer - Framed



"World War II" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "World War II"

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 30" x 38"

Framed Size: 37 1/2" x 49"

Retail Price: $4,000.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,000.00 - Framed



Legacy Nude #1, "Sleeping Beauty" Lithograph/Arches by Alberto Vargas

Title: "Legacy Nude #1, Sleeping Beauty

Medium: Lithograph/Arches Paper

Unframed Size: 26" x 38"

Retail Price: $4,500.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,050.00 - Framed