- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Acr Edition (Acc); 3rd edition (October 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 2867702038
- ISBN-13: 978-2867702037
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charles Bargue: Drawing Course 3rd Edition
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Gerald Ackerman was born in California. He completed his studies at the University of California at Berkeley, then at the University of Munich and finally at Princeton, where he received his PhD. For twenty years, he was a professor of art history at Pomona College in California. He is a specialist of Gerome and published studies on other 19th century American and European artists, as well as on the theory of academic art.
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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 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 197 plates in this book, with instructions on how to use them.
Vol 1 plates are all whole-page drawings.
Vol 2 plates are over 80% 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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOH0_wgqBD0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF1FJ3RJ3k0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfTm2u6BIkM You will need Bristol paper, 2B graphite pencils, a kneaded eraser, artist tape white (masking tape tears the paper), a drawing board, and easel.