Born in Arequipa, Peru, Joaquin Alberto Vargas y Chávez moved to the USA in 1916 after studying art in Europe in Zurich and Geneva prior to World War I. While he was in Europe he came upon the French magazine La Vie Parisienne, with a cover by Raphael Kirchner, which he said was a great influence on his work. Alberto was the son of noted Peruvian photographer Max T. Vargas.
His early career in New York included work as an artist for the Ziegfeld Follies and for many Hollywood studios. Ziegfeld hung his painting of Olive Thomas at the theater, and she was thought of as one of the earliest Vargas Girls. Vargas’ most famous piece of film work was for the poster of the 1933 film The Sin of Nora Moran, which shows a near-naked Zita Johann in a pose of desperation. The poster is frequently named one of the greatest movie posters ever made. Alberto Vargas became widely noted in the 1940s as the creator of iconic World War II era pin-ups for Esquire magazine known as “Vargas Girls.” The nose art of many American and Allied World War II aircraft was inspired and adapted from these Esquire pin-ups, as well those of George Petty, and other artists.
Henri-Chapelle, 4580, Belgium – Monsieur Günter Gillot, Tigelot 27A, 4804 Jalhay (Belgium)
15 février 1984
Nous avons pris bonne note de votre demande du 11 février 1984 et nous vous en remercions. Nous vous proposons de parrainer le tombe du Robert J. Stewart, capt, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Armored Division, New Jersey, 01010394, décédé le 20 décembre 1944, enterré dans notre cimmetière, Plot D, rangée 15, tombe 26. Dès à présent, vous pouvez donc venir rendre hommage à ce soldat américain. Nous nous tenons à votre entière disposition.
Patrick M. Hubay – Superintendent.