Summer of '42
© Alberto Vargas/Hearst Corporation

Summer of '42

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By Alberto Vargas
About the image
This friendly Varga Girl must have been a welcome sight for those who turned to her image in 1942, almost one year after America entered World War II. Most likely painted in the spring or summer of 1941 (to meet the '42 calendar publishing deadline), she brought her pre-war innocence and carefree repose forward to a time when the world was lacking both. 

Collector's Notes:

Originally published in the Esquire Calendar for September, 1942.

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.

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Summer of '42
Summer of '42