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Alberto Vargas - “Memories of Olive” 1920 - A very sensual painting by Vargas from the very early years. Olive Thomas was a dancer for the Ziegfeld Follies and was the “Marilyn Monroe” of her era. Olive’s career began as a model in 1914 before dancing for Ziegfeld. While partying in Paris in 1920, she accidentally drank a flask of mercury bichloride which her husband used for a topical treatment for chronic syphilis. She thought the flask was alcohol. She died five days later from kidney failure, long before her acting career and beauty would fully be recognized. A stunning painting by Vargas in his early days that is still recognized as one of his most beautiful paintings 94 years later.