Niagara Falls

Artist:Alberto Vargas
Date:1962
Medium:Watercolor and graphite on illustration board
Dimensions:Sight size 20" by 30" Framed 28 1/4" by 37 1/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Published on page 104, Playboy Magazine, June 1962
Price:Sold
Full view

Full view

 

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

 

The artwork as it appeared in Playboy Magazine ( included in sale)

The artwork as it appeared in Playboy Magazine ( included in sale)

A deliriously sexy and erotically unhinged Alberto Vargas mixed media pin-up illustration for Playboy Magazine, this appeared on page 104 in the June, 1962 issue. A curvy and pretty new bride is seen in a moment of sudden clarity about to pack up for the divorce capital of the US in this spirited and brash near nude depiction.The model is posed on her steamer trunk, adorned with a sticker from her recent honeymoon in Niagara Falls.  Her eyes say it all, but the pithy quip needs to be recounted in full here as it is that rich!
"... and then he said that Niagara Falls is an extremely important source of hydroelectric power and that is consists of two cataracts- Horseshoe Falls, which is 160 feet high and 2600 feet across, and American Fall, which is 167 feet high and 1000 feet across- and they are separated by Goat Island and over 212,000 cubic feet of water pass over the falls every second, and then I left for Reno."

Painting is handsomely framed and silk matted behind glass in a gold Newcomb-Macklin vintage frame and in a pristine state of original conservation.

Framed and matted view

Framed and matted view

Frame profile corner view

Frame profile corner view

 

Detail

Detail

 

Verso view of illustration with Playboy Magazine inventory stamp and hand written usage specification

Verso view of illustration with Playboy Magazine inventory stamp and hand written usage specifications

 

Playboy Magazine June, 1962 included in sale

Playboy Magazine June, 1962 included in sale



 

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