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    ALBERTO VARGAS (American, 1896-1982)
    Briggitte [sic] Bardot preliminary drawing, Playboy, July 1965
    Colored pencil, watercolor, and pencil on tracing paper
    27.5 x 19.5 in.
    Signed lower right

    Vargas has misspelled Brigitte's name on this Playboy preliminary, but he gets her image absolutely right which is reflected in an annotation by Reid Austin (Playboy's art editor and Vargas' biographer), who states that "this looks amazingly like her." Hefner would not allow a portrait of Bardot to be published in the magazine, so the face and pose were altered somewhat for the printed version: the swimming cap was removed and arm position changed, but the French fleur-de-lis remained on the towel as a clue to the model's origins.

    From the Collection of Craig Macmillan.


    More information about ALBERTO VARGAS, also known as Vargas, Alberto, Alberto Vargas.

    Condition Report*: 5.5" crease along upper right edge; crease to bottom left corner; 4" crease to upper edge; minor handling creases throughout; not examined outside of frame; otherwise in good condition. Framed under glass to an overall size of 31 x 23 inches.
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