Varga Girl: The Esquire Pin-Up Girl (1944)

Genres - History, Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Gender Issues, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |  
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Albertos Varga's paintings of gorgeous women during the early days of Esquire magazine are studied in this unique social documentary. The pin-up girl of the 1930s and 1940s was spawned from academic painting traditions, as well as the less tasteful National Police Gazette. Varga Girl - The Esquire Pin-Up Girl features 60 of Vargas' dreamlike females, calendar artwork, paintings, personal photos, and letters. The artist's array of fantasy women idealized a self-aware female sexuality that had previously been viewed in negative terms. The "Varga Girls" captured the imaginations of servicemen during World War II and strongly influenced the way the pin-up girl is viewed in the 21st century.



artist, calendar, dream-girl, pin-up-girl, self-awareness, sexuality