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Bargue’s drawing course outlines a very methodical step-by-step procedure for drawing. The book is divided into three sections, and my e-book focuses on parts one and three:
- His own drawings after plaster casts
- Master drawings
- Academic figure drawings
Originally commissioned by the French government in the 1860s, Cours de dessin was published by Goupil & Cie, Paris, between 1866 and ’71, and was produced in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. It was intended to preserve traditional art practices as artists began to break with the old academic style and adopt looser modern techniques. By copying the 197 lithographs in the drawing manual, it prepared students for cast drawing and later, life or figure drawing; thus, it loosely reflects the first year of traditional atelier training.