Charles Bargue

Third Trimester Drawings

Here are various pieces of work from my third trimester at school. Below are my final two long poses of Giovanni and Sylvia and an accompanying value study for each. Sylvia, I regret to inform, is unfinished. I have posted a small sampling of pencil drawings as well as my final two bargue drawings of both the leg and the Belvedere Torso.

Giovanni, Charcoal, 2012. 

Sylvia, Charcoal, 2012.


Bargue Leg Lithograph Copy, Charcoal, 2012

Bargue Belvedere Torso Lithograph Copy , Charcoal on Paper, 2012.

So, above are my final two bargue drawings, while below I thought I would post this cast drawing I did of the Belvedere Torso two years ago under Andrew Lattimore's instruction. To repeat, bargue drawings are copied from drawings (2D) rather than from a physical three dimensional object (such as a cast). It is strange to see the Belvedere cast drawing side by side the bargue drawing. I don't think I even knew what a "bargue" was at the time of drawing from the cast, let alone that I placed it in virtually the same position. Anyway I have acquired enough of a relationship with the Belvedere Torso for this lifetime and I am ready to move onto casts again this upcoming year. I'll be changing studios and I am also enrolled in an evening sculpture course twice a week, so lots of change coming up!

Belvedere Cast Study, Charcoal, 2010.

First Trimester

Hello all, Here my blog is up and running again. I am now in my third trimester (Spring) at the Florence Academy of Art. Here is some of my work from my first trimester of Fall 2011.








So these above are just some samplings of figure/portraiture pencil studies. They were done in a 1-2 hour time frame.

Alessio, Charcoal on Paper, 2011

Giovanni, Charcoal on Paper, 2011.

The two above were my first two long poses in charcoal. Both were worked on three hours a day, five days a week, for four weeks. Add another week for pencil studies of the pose.

Bargue Ankle Lithograph Copy, Pencil on Paper, 2011.

Dante Bargue Lithograph Copy, Pencil on Paper, 2011.

The two above are my first two bargue drawings. "Bargues" as we call them, are basically a series of lithographs of casts developed by artist Charles Bargue alongside artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. There are some hundred or so in the series and are designed to be copied as a whole by art students to train them in technical studies before they begin more formal studies of casts and the figure, etc. Here at FAA though, we only complete six bargues (three pencil and three charcoal) and work on them meticulously and to the smallest degree and spend countless hours perfecting them. They are absolutely tedious and time consuming and drive most people here mad. Our days here are split between working on our bargues for half of the day and from the model for the other half. Once we finish our bargue drawings we will then move onto casts in charcoal and onward to painting and other projects. But for now drawing will consume the greater part of my life for a while.