Featured Alberto Vargas

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Roaring20s, Apr 21, 2024.

  1. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    Best know for his pin-up art like this ...
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    He also painted portraits.

    One such portrait popped-up for sale, but I think the seller has not investigated beyond hopefulness.

    Without image searching, which of these contestants was likely not painted by Vargas and why do you think so?

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  2. mmarco102

    mmarco102 Well-Known Member

    3, it’s in the eyes and skin tone, hair highlights. However what’s with the Adam’s Apple? :eek:

    thinking of pin-ups, 1 seems a bit over dressed as well…..
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2024
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  3. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Interesting.. Thinking..
  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    #1. Because the shadowing on her neck is so different.

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  5. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Trick question? No 3 looks less ‘pin-up’ and more life-like. But also no 1.. looks ‘off’ to me,less refined than the others. Actually 1 looks like a man/drag queen to me.
  6. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Ok. I was thinking that’s a adam’s apple.
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  7. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    #1 doesnt have the softness the others have. #3 looks like Lady Mary from Downton Abbey !
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  8. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Imma say #3 as well, as she somehow looks 'earlier' to me than what I think of as pin up art. Could be wrong!
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  9. mirana

    mirana Well-Known Member

    Vargas is my favorite pin up artist by far. It's number 3. Same style, same handling of the medium and volumes, same artistic quirks.

    1 is caricatured in a different way. 2 is a modern style.

    It's the sternocleidomastoid muscle attached to the sternum.... :hilarious: Or at least the artist's attempt. 2 and 3 have a better representation.
  10. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    I will not yet say if anyone has made the correct choice or assertions. Good conversation and observation with get there.

    You are allowed to change your answer if you feel the following helps.

    I understand that some of you may not know his work very well. Just start a visual process of elimination.

    The pin-up is by Vargas. It shares artistic characteristics strongly exhibited in at least one of these three. Who of the three is most similar overall? Do not answer aloud.

    Continue the process using pin-up and the one you chose against the remaining two.

    This approach may lead you to the image least likely painted by Vargas.
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  11. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Ok. Thank you :)
  12. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    well I am just going to guess. No 1 had an enlarged thyroid... or an adams apple.
    No 3 looks angry
    No 2 looks like a glam girl but not sure.
    I will go with no 1 is not by the artist
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  13. mmarco102

    mmarco102 Well-Known Member

    might I add, someone gave #1 a black eye. :nailbiting: So, will the real phony please stand up………:woot: :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:

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  14. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    I'm also saying #1 is not by Vargas. Just because she stands out as odd. But you could say that about #2 as well.
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  15. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    i reckon number 3 (is not), unless that one was one of his portraits

    first two are more glam, with more defined eyebrows
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  16. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    The them in green is not a Vargas painting.
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  17. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that I selected the images that I did. I knew that 1 and 3 would make you think it was one of them. Number 3 was made by someone that could paint a portrait. Number 2 is also made with the same skill, but more illustrative. Number 1 is illustrative, but the artist is not as advanced as Vargas in laying down paint or painting a face in a realistic way.

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    You're not supposed to rely on the signature, and this signature, for me, seals the deal. At best, it's in the manner of Vargas and maybe $100 - $200.

    Thanks for playing!
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2024
  18. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Nice one. Thank you for the entertaining game.
  19. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Looks more like Ida Lupino. And such an interesting example of how a seller acquires an item, makes some faulty assumptions and then, with the help of the internet, convinces himself they're true. We sometimes see that with new members here, people who join looking to validate their conclusions. And, despite best efforts, there's no telling them otherwise.

  20. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Yup...it takes all kinds. Some learn; others, not so much.
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