Eye Candy for Today: Bargue’s Bashi-Bazouk

A Bashi-Bazouk, Charles Bargue
A Bashi-Bazouk, Charles Bargue

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Like Jean-Léon Gérôme, his contemporary and collaborator in the well known drawing course that bears his name, Bargue’s paintings were often of Orientalist subjects.

A Bashi-Bazouk was an irregular soldier of the Ottoman Army. Bargue has here rendered the objects with which he is surrounded with the attention of dedicated still life.