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Bargue Plates

Bargue plate 1

Well, as it turned out, a couple of days after I posted my “painting demo number two | stage one” I found that the paint had became quite a bit more tacky than hoped. So, I decided to let it completely dry before I put on the final highlights and details. Planning to finish it up tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I’ve launched into a classical art training program based on the Charles Bargue Drawing Course. It’s a “famous and fabled publication of the late nineteenth century…The course was designed to prepare beginning art students copying these plates to draw from nature, that is, from objects, both natural and man-made, in the real world. Like the curriculum of the nineteenth-century École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, whose ideals it shared, it was designed so that the student using it could eventually choose to render nature in both idealistic and realistic fashions.”

According to the book, “It is well known, for example, that Vincent van Gogh worked independently through the course more than once, and that Picasso copied Bargue plates at the Barcelona Academy. Many early drawings by artists of this generation thought to be drawn from life may, in fact, be copies after the models in the Bargue-Gérôme Drawing Course.”



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