04 November 2012

Slender fingers

Alberto Vargas (1896 – 1982) was a Peruvian painter of pin-up girls.

Despite always using figure models, his images would often portray elegantly dressed, semi-nude to nude women of idealized proportions.

Vargas' artistic trait would be slender fingers and toes, with nails often painted red.

His work was typically a combination of watercolor and airbrush.

Source: wikipedia/Alberto Vargas

The album cover Candy-O by The Cars (1979) was painted by Alberto Vargas. The idea to hire him came from drummer David Robinson, the band's artistic director and a collector of pin-ups. The 83-year-old Vargas had retired several years earlier but was persuaded to take the assignment by his niece, who was a fan of The Cars.

One day I will paint a Vargas Girl so beautiful, so perfect, so typical of the American Girl, that I shall be able to show it to people anywhere in the world, without any signature on it, and they'll say, "that's a Vargas Girl",  he said in 1946.

He has more then achieved his goal. His signature style of airbrush and watercolor is now immortalized.

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Peruvian painter Alberto Vargas is perhaps the most respected of all the pin-up girl artists.