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Alberto Vargas

"Jeanne" first appeared as an Esquire magazine gatefold in June 1942, America's first year at war and a time when many young lovers were separated by endless months and thousands of miles. Here, "Jeanne" holds an orchid, symbolic of young love, in her one hand and a note in the other. Perhaps it is a promise of devotion from her beau overseas. "Jeanne" represents the pure, unfettered moment of wonder when, in love, anything is possible.

  "Jeanne" is the only limited edition print where each example is personally hand-signed by his famous model, Jeanne Dean.

Jeanne Dean was a young model when she started posing for Alberto, and over the years she graced many of his paintings, including some of his Legacy Nudes. This portrait, one of Vargas' first paintings of her, was a personal favorite of Jeanne's.

This image was published as a limited edition in 1991. As a Deluxe Edition, it was printed on a patented archival paper called opalesque whose surface emulated the look and feel of silk. The Deluxe Edition consists of 300 examples plus proofs.

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