© Max Vargas Estate
With her green feline eyes, "Nita Naldi," Ziegfeld Follies performer and star of the silent screen, once set the heart of Rudolph Valentino on fire. In this portrait, the actress also seems to bring life to a stone statue of Pan. This piece was originally painted from life and appeared modified in Shadowland magazine in the 1920s.
The example offered here is from the Vargas-authorized standard numbered edition which was produced in Vargas' lifetime. It is hand-signed "Vargas" by power of attorney, but not by the artist.
We do, however, also currently have in our inventory one rare artist's proof that is hand-signed by Alberto Vargas.
While the limited edition prints of Nita Naldi were pencil signed "Vargas" by power of attorney when they were published, a numbered artist proof edition of 50 was also produced. These artist's proofs were all actually hand-signed "Alberto Vargas" by the artist himself. The print we have is one of these rare signed examples and is numbered AP 47/50. Price for this rare item is available upon request.