Charles Bargue (French, about 1825–1883)
28 x 21 cm (11 x 8 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on panel
Polly B. and Richard D. Hill Gallery (Gallery 253)
Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme collaborated on a three-volume course on drawing the human figure, intended to guide the novice student preparing to enter a professional workshop. Bargue flaunted his skill as a draughtsman in this jewel-like picture of a Turkish guard. The tiny composition boasts a remarkable range of textures and surfaces, from the gleaming hookah, to the cobbled street, to the soft pleated folds of the figure’s skirt.
Lower right, on wall: BARGVE / 77
A. Donatis [see note 1]. 1898, Arnold and Tripp, Paris; 1898, sold by Arnold and Tripp to to Susan Cornelia Clarke (Mrs. Samuel Dennis) Warren (b. 1825 - d. 1901), Boston; January 8, 1903, Mrs. S. D. Warren sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 19, to the MFA for $5,300. (Accession Date: January 13, 1903) NOTES:  A label on the reverse of the panel reads: "Collection A. Donatis, No. 1".
Bequest of Susan Cornelia Warren