Study of a Reclining Young Woman, 1970

Study of a Reclining Young Woman, 1970

By Alberto Vargas
About the image
This image captures a cheerful young woman in a light blue bathing suit, laying on her back saluting.  Even though this piece was ultimately published in Playboy Magazine in 1970, it bears many of the trademarks of Vargas' WWII Pin Ups, and is very likely to have been an earlier drawing that he re-purposed for this period. 

The many hand-wrtten notes on this piece bear witness to the fact that the final painting has substanital differences from the drawing, that serve to update the overall look to appeal to a more current, 1970s reader.  In the magazine the Vargas Girl is wearing only a bright orange bikini-bottoms and is adjusting a pair of large, funky glasses - instead of saluting the troops! 

This is just one of the many ways these drawings provide an incredible glimpse into the process of creating these finished works and how they keenly represent the times they were a part of.
Collectors notes
This is an original colored pencil drawing on tracing paper which served as the basis for the final painting that appeared in the August, 1970 issue of Playboy Magazine.

It features hand-written notes by Playboy Art Director Reid Austin. (SK-449)

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Study of a Reclining Young Woman, 1970
Study of a Reclining Young Woman, 1970

 
 
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