Son of Max Vargas, Peru's most celebrated photographer at the turn of the 20th century, fathered a world recognized artist, Alberto. Alberto Vargas is the, "Prince of Pinup," and to this day is still used as staple inspiration for some of the most influential mediums. Vanity Fair to this day styles and shoots up & coming actresses emulating his style of artwork. One could even say the latest Caitlyn Jenner shoot reflected his style. The style has remained true to Vargas though, transcending through the times naturally.
The earliest work can date back to 1915, a painting of Olive Thomas, American Broadway star. His early work was mostly centered around the performing arts which produced arguably one of his most famous works to date, the poster for the 1933 film The Sin of Nora Moran. In the 1940s was when he really came into his own; painting for Esquire magazine really defined himself as an artist, & a sect of World War 2 art. This fame did not reflect an easy path for Vargas.
Due to Vargas pinup girls, Esquire received flack from some of the public to the point that USPS ended up taking their second-class mailing permit. It was taken to up to the Supreme Court where eventually Esquire won the case, but they dropped Vargas painting just to refrain from upsetting their audience. Vargas was not financially stable until the 1960's when Playboy periodically commissioned his work for the publication, creating the widely known, "Vargas girls." 1978, When his wife, his muse & manager, died he was tragically hindered from inspiration to work. He regained traction after his autobiography was published, but soon after passed in 1982. His late work, such as the cover of the album Candy-O by The Cars, evolved with the times & one could even say foreshadowed some of the style in the 1980's.
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