Summer of '42
© Alberto Vargas/Hearst Corporation

Summer of '42

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. 

Originally published in the Esquire Calendar for September, 1942. The original painting is part of the permanent collection at the Julia Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas.

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 cooperation with the Hearst Corporation/Esquire and the heirs of Alberto Vargas. All Vargas prints bear the official estate seal in the form of a silkscreened signature and are hand-numbered. 

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery of their artwork.

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Summer of '42
Summer of '42