World War II
© 1989 James W. Hartley and Theron L. Kabrich. All rights reserved.

World War II

By Alberto Vargas
About the image
In 1975, the Chicago Tribune newspaper conducted a survey among World War II veterans as to what they remembered most about the war-time period. The responses received most often were Glen Miller's band, and the Varga Girl. As a result, Alberto was commissioned to paint his own tribute to the war; his painting was featured in the bicentennial commemorative edition of the paper, published on December 7th, 1975.

This painting is Alberto's sensitive and moving portrayal of the many American women who loved and supported their husbands and boyfriends while the men fought overseas. 

"World War II" expresses many emotions. The news of the young widow's devastating loss of her husband is revealed by the Purple Heart medal clutched in her hand, just below her wedding band. In this intensely private moment, she is completely vulnerable. 

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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World War II
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