Charles Bargue (c. 1826/1827 – April 6, 1883)
was a French artist, a lithographer as well as a painter, who
devised a drawing course
Charles Bargue is mostly remembered for
his Cours de dessin, one of the most influential classical drawing
courses conceived in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. The
course, published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil & Cie, and
composed of 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, was to
guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master
drawings and finally to drawing from the living model.
Among the artists whose work is
based on the study of Bargue's platework, is Vincent van Gogh who
copied the complete set in 1880/1881, and (at least a part of it)
again in 1890.
Although some sources suggest that
Bargue was a student of Gerome, there is room for doubt. Bargue
worked closely with Gérôme and was influenced by his style, which
included Orientalist scenes and historical genre. Bargue's last
painting was completed by Gérome and is now conserved in the Malden
Public Library, Malden MA, USA.