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    Alberto Vargas Reclining Nude Painting (1940s). Vintage original early unpublished "Vargas Girl" pin-up painting accomplished in pencil and watercolor on 22" x 16" artist's leaf visible through 26" x 31" mat and frame.

    Joaquin Alberto Vargas y Chávez is arguably one of the greatest painters of women of his era and certainly the most essential artist to populate the pages of Playboy magazine, which began using his work in 1959. Over the next 16
    years, Vargas produced 152 paintings for the magazine. His career flourished with major exhibitions internationally. Vargas' artistic work, paintings and color drawings, continued to be featured in issues of Playboy magazine in the 1960s and 1970s.

    This painting is an early example of Vargas' exceptional talents. An elegant reclining female nude figure, with era hairstyle, revealing her idealized proportions and bold personality and in a mundane but relatable pose holding a magazine or book. Vargas' watercolor work seems the perfect medium for capturing the gentle curves and warm skin tones of this subject. Signed, "Vargas" in lower right blank border. The painting is presented in original brown unvarnished wooden frame and cloth mat.

    In vintage Very Fine condition. Provenance: Illustration House, June 25, 2011, Lot 36. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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