First Love
© Alberto Vargas/Hearst Corporation

First Love

By Alberto Vargas
About the image
This painting 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. 

Release Notes:
This image was printed in two different editions to offer a choice of finishes.
  • The Arches Edition was printed on ARCHES Watercolor paper, an archival, 100% cotton paper 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:
Originally published as an Esquire Gatefold in October, 1940.

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