Memories of Olive
© Max Vargas Estate

Memories of Olive

By Alberto Vargas
About the image

A classic image from 1920, "Memories of Olive" beautifully symbolizes the elegance and glamor we equate with the era in which she was painted. This is an idealized portrait of one of the Ziegfeld Follies' most famous and treasured stars, Olive Thomas. 

Olive Thomas left the Follies for films in 1917, when she met and married Mary Pickford's brother, Jack. It was a romantic though rocky relationship that ended tragically in Paris when Thomas, after a night of partying, inexplicably overdosed on deadly tablets, mistaking them for sleeping pills. This portrait postdates her death in 1920, age twenty-six.

This original artwork was featured at our debut exhibit of Alberto Vargas artworks in 1985. 

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 1985, in cooperation with the heirs of Alberto Vargas. As an estate-authorized print, it bears the registered trademark "Vargas" 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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