Charles Bargue Drawing Course. Louis will be on hand to help students to understand the effects of light and shadow, creating the illusion of form on paper. Before I get into the review proper, I just want to say a few words about what transpired when one of the authors of the Charles Bargue Drawing. Charles Bargue (c. / – April 6, ) was a French painter and lithographer noted for devising an influential drawing course.

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A phrase involving gift horses and mouths comes to mind. It also introduces us to the work and life of a hitherto neglected master: The Aristides book is an overview. Hawthorne on Painting Mrs. Oct 12, Michael Springer rated it it was amazing. Picasso, the hero of modern art, was a consummate realist when he wanted to be.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The results were really incredible — I can say with perfect sincerity that every single drawing that came out of those classes was excellent. They wanted to see the legal proof, which I showed them in the front of the book, but after that it was all fine. Gloria Carrera rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Firstly, the plates are much smaller than the originals, which means that they have to be blown up if you want to do a proper job of copying them.

Charles Bargue Drawing Course (Cours De Dessin) Review

In fact, charrles was totally absurd. Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome: In order to redress the balance somewhat, I would like to point out, as I have in various other pages on this site, that this book has been an absolute godsend in my ongoing efforts to train myself to draw.


I hope another publisher with a better idea of how to go about their business produces a more usable, better constructed one.

Following a period of drawing from casts, students would move on to copying old masters. Art historians can learn by studying these drawings just what was prized in late 19th century figure painting.

That the beautiful drawings in this book are being brought to a wider audience is a very good thing. The Elements of Drawing John Ruskin. Those poor Renaissance artists had to spend lots of time and energy re-learning what their Medieval brothers and sisters had forgotten, how to represent nature faithfully.

Part of the class required a research paper on the master artist of our choice. The Bargue Drawing Course has an interesting history. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Thank you for the review. An A3 laser copy of the first plate on the easel. Want to Read saving….

The book does not however work if you purchase it to collect dust. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Charles Bargue Drawing Course (Cours De Dessin) Review

These plates are supposed to be taped up onto a drawing board with the copies done bargke them, the same size, the better to judge the accuracy of the copies. Some people talk about spending 50 hours getting one drawing right. Compare art with music. The book is essentially a collection of plates that offer various degrees of difficulty.


I paint realism in oils, mostly still life. Not everyone wants to do the full course. Finally, I had to create a PDFs for each size of paper, rather than each plate, so that the printer could run them off easily.

So why is this anachronistic pedagogic aid being republished now? Recent news View all news Refresh and try again. 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.

I am sure there are many people that will argue with the efficacy of directly copying master drawings of figures and sculptures, but in my personal experience it has proven to be an excellent way to teach a beginner, as well as hone an accomplished artist’s skills. They are incredibly perfect copies of plates student artists did of them baegue back in bqrgue s.

C. Bargue Drawing Course

Your first value exercise is on its way. The result is a convergence of Classicism and Realism. You can even buy recordings of that piece you can also get blank CDs from PC World which will have much the same effect for a lot less money though.