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"VARGA" par Tom ROBOTHAM. Editions Thunder Bay Press, San Diego. 1994.
Ref LIL0073


  • "VARGA" par Tom ROBOTHAM. Editions Thunder Bay Press, San Diego. 1994. in-4, couverture toilée marine sous jaquette illustrée en couleurs. 112 pages. Texte en anglais, illustré de nombreuses reproductions photographiques noir & blanc in-texte et de plus de 90 illustrations couleurs pleine page, certaines en double page, de Pin Up dessinées par Alberto Vargas.

    "The Varga Girls, created by Alberto Vargas for Esquire magazine between 1940 and 1946, are among the most enduring images of American popular culture. Not along after Esquire published the first pinup, Varga Girls could be found in barber shops across the country and in Army barracks around the world. Along with the music of Glenn Miller and the jokes of Bob Hope, these images are often credited with raising the morale of American troops... These are several reasons for the renewed interest in the Varga Girls. For one thing, they show extraordinary technical skill with watercolors and the airbrush. Before Vargas began to experiment with the airbrush, the tool had been used primarily for the photographic retouching and for such practical arts as sign painting. Vargas showed how it could be used to enhance the beauty of paintings through the creation of sensual contours and textures. The subtle and tasteful eroticism of these paintings is another, more obvious reason for the popularity of these paintings. But to write the Varga Girls off as simple pinups is to miss the nuances that set them apart from that genre. In the best of these paintings, Varga's passion and reverence for women comes shining through. In particular, the faces of Varga Girls express warmth, innocence, and optimism - as well as the eroticism - that made the Varga Girls so popular during World War II..." Ref LIL0073