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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Bargue-Gerome Drawing Course is a complete reprint of a famous, late nineteenth century drawing course. It contains a set of almost two hundred masterful lithographs of subjects for copying by drawing students before they attempt drawing from life or nature.
Consequently it is a book that will interest artists, art students, art historians and lovers and collectors of drawings. It also introduces us to the work and life of a hitherto neglected master: Charles Bargue. The Drawing Course consists of three sections. The first consists of plates drawn after casts, usually of antique examples.
Different parts of the body are studied in order of difficulty, until full figures are presented. The second section pays homage to the western school of painting with lithographs after exemplary drawings by Renaissance and modern masters. The third part contains almost sixty academies or drawings after nude male models, all original inventions by Bargue, the lithographer. With great care, the student is introduced to continually more difficult problems in the close observing and recording of nature.
Practiced professional artists will see at once the problems of representation that are approached by Bargue, and they will delight in his solutions. Figure painters will copy the plates to keep in tune; so to speak, much as pianists practice the exercises of Czerny before performing Beethoven.
Art students will find it a practical and progressive introduction to realistic figure drawing. Art historians can learn by studying these drawings just what was prized in late ninetheenth century figure painting.
They will recognize the reliance upon tradition by the use of antique sculptures as models in the first part: Antiquity is here used, not to impose a classical style, but as an aid in seeing the structure of the human body with clarity and intelligence. The result is a convergence of Classicism and Realism. There are no numerical proportional charts, perspective boxes or geometrical schemata to memorize. All the techniques and schemata are developed out of and for the object or person in view.
The drawings are splendid; beautiful; not simply products of assiduity, but of careful observation and the wish to transcribe and communicate the beauty of nature and light, as well as the manifold appearances of the human body. These are objectives that will touch and move any careful reader of drawings, and the figurative arts.
Charles Bargue started his career as a lithographer of drawings by hack artists for a popular market in comic, sentimental and soft-porn subjects. By working with Gerome, and in preparing the plates for the course, Bargue was transformed into a spectacular painter of single figures and intimate scenes; a master of precious details that always remain observation and never became self-conscious virtuosity, of color schemes that unified his composition in exquisite tonal harmonies.
The last part of the book is a biography of Bargue, along with a preliminary catalogue of his paintings, accompanied by reproductions of all that have been found and of many of those lost. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon US. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. Cours de dessin.
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No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Only a purist who really wants to learn how to draw very well could appreciate this book. Bargue crystallized a method to learn drawing about yrs.
Being a committed watercolorist for 3 yrs. Funny about living a long time - although there's less time left in my life, I feel more able to be patient in such endeavors. Excellent resource for learning atelier drawing methods. In addition to the book, however, you will also require some additional course instruction and there are excellent free resources on line.
The Bargue Drawing Companion from the www. AcademyofRealist Art. The aim of this book is a worthy one. It is a beautiful book and I am glad that I have it. But unfortunately there are a few problems with it. First is that the plates are way too small to be useable for sight size drawing. In order to use the book for practice you have to lay it open on a copy machine to copy the images. They also have to be enlarged for them to be of any use, which usually involves taping several sheets together to get an image large enough.
Second is that copying the book in this manner means that you ruin the binding on the spine. Mine basically broke the first time I did any copying. Third is that the plates that are reproduced are not in really great condition. They have staining and other signs of age that make the process of drawing them accurately much more difficult than it should be.
To be a really functional tool for drawing practice at least some of the plates should have been cleaned up, printed separately as loose pages, and available full size. Or they should be included in a digital format, so that they can be printed full size without all the jumping through hoops that the present book requires. So if you want a beautiful coffee table book about the Barge drawing course this is it.
But if you are actually going to use the book I would suggest that you try to find the least expensive copy you can get, since you will destroy the value of the book during copying. As a side note, there is an e-version of this information that is available online in digital form with plates that have been restored and are in a high resolution format, videos, etc at less than half the cost. I haven't checked it out yet, but I do plan on doing so. The book is 25 x 27cm in size.
The writer Gerald Ackerman is an art historian who went to Florence to study how to use this course at the atelier of Daniel Graves and Charles Cecil before writing this book. You can find all the Charles Bargue plates in this book, with instructions on how to use them. Vol 1 plates are all whole-page drawings. Vol 3 has only about 20 full-page illustrations and the rest are pretty tiny. Despite this shortfall, I still consider it a great book to have.
The book also talks about Charles Bargue's life and his awesome paintings in his later years. It is interesting to know that van Gogh worked through this course more than once on his own and Picasso copied these plates at the Barcelona Academy.
This is one of the few drawing books that I find truly worth my money. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
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This review was originally written when I was on the first plate of the course. The review below is quite critical of some aspects of the book, partly as a result of the frustrationI was experiencing at the time. Graydon Parrish, one of the editors of the book, sent me a very nice email having read this review, and considering how critical I was, he was very polite. The book appears to have been a labour of love on the part of Graydon and his co-editor,Gerald Ackerman. Graydon says that neither of them have gained financially from the book, and I see no reason not to believe him. Having read his email, I do believe that the book was published with altruistic motives, and that getting it into print was no small task. I could have worded them somewhat better though, with hindsight.
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