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© Hearst Corporation ®Alberto Vargas

First Love

By Alberto Vargas
About the image

This design is historic in that it was the very first Varga Girl ever published by Esquire magazine. It appeared as a gatefold in the October 1940 issue. This blonde beauty, whispering words of passion while lying on a bed of satin, introduced our nation to Alberto Vargas' legendary all-American girl, images that would become a part of our culture for many decades. 

Originally published as an Esquire Gatefold in October, 1940. The original artwork is part of the permanent collection at the Julia Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas.

Release Notes:
These beautiful museum-quality continuous-tone lithograph prints were printed in two different versions (as separate editions) with distinct finishes. Please use both the CHOOSE A SIZE and CHOOSE A VERSION buttons below to see the details, pricing, and availability for each one.

  • The Arches Edition was printed on ARCHES Watercolor paper, an archival, 100% cotton paper with a matte finish, and used by professional artists for centuries.

  • The Deluxe Edition was printed on a patented archival paper called Opalesque which has a surface that emulates the look and feel of silk.

Collector's Notes:
This fine art print was published in San Francisco in 1986, in cooperation with the Hearst Corporation/Esquire. It bears the registered trademark "Varga" signature logo applied via silkscreen to the finished work. 

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery of their artwork.

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