Lifetime Print - Fleurs du Mal, 1980
© Alberto Vargas/Max Vargas Estate

Lifetime Print - Fleurs du Mal, 1980

By Alberto Vargas
About the image
Fleurs du Mal ("Flowers of Evil") is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. First published in 1857, the subject matter of these poems deals with themes relating to decadence and eroticism. In this context, the sultry atmosphere found in Vargas' work is compelling. Vargas created a fine sense of time and place when he created this.

The original painting that this image is based on was produced in 1920.

This study in Deco Orientalism was origionally painted as a nude. The subject was hurriedly given a "bashful Nellie" cover-up in order to satisfy a New York art director's wish to use it to advertise a Miriam Hoplins epic. When he got it back, Alberto as quickly raised the offending slip's hem well above the knee.

Release Notes:
In 1980 Vargas was invited to produce a series of limited edition lithographs of a number of his early paintings. Agreegment was reached and he chose five of his favorite Ziegfeld period beauties to be published.

A total of 1,000 prints were authorized, 500 designated for domestic distribution and 500 for international release. They are offset lithographs on BFK Rives fine-art paper. None of these were signed by Vargas, rather they were signed by an authorized representative as a "Proxy Signature".

After the main edition was finalized, the publishers approached Vargas to personally hand-sign 50 additional prints designated as Artist Proofs. He agreed and thus he created the only limited edition "Artist Signed" prints by Alberto Vargas. 

Collector's Notes:
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Lifetime Print - Fleurs du Mal, 1980
Lifetime Print - Fleurs du Mal, 1980

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