Appearing as the June 1943 gatefold in Esquire magazine, this design was a morale boost specifically targeted toward the American G.I.'s serving in the Pacific theater of war.
Although the world was at war in the South Pacific, Americans were enchanted by the idea of exotic women on tropical islands. Alberto created this piece, reminiscent of Dorothy Lamour and Hedi Lamar, to satisfy those romantic desires.
The original artwork is part of the permanent collection at the Julia Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas.
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.
This fine art print was published in San Francisco in 1989, in cooperation with the Hearst Corporation/Esquire. It bears the registered trademark "Varga" signature logo applied via silkscreen to the finished work.
Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery of their artwork.