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Paul Gustave Doré (1832 - 1883)

Orlando Furioso (1877) - illustration by Gustave Doré

Purgatorio - Alberto Scaligero
Illustrazione di Gustave Doré
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Babel by Doré

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, La Chanson du Vieux Marin. Illustration par Gustave Doré, 1875. Planche 12
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Paul Gustave Doré (January 6, 1832 - January 23, 1883), a French artist, was born in Strasbourg. He became a book illustrator in Paris and his commissions included work by Rabelais, Balzac and Dante. In 1853 he was asked to illustrate the works of Lord Byron. This was followed by other work for British publishers including a new illustrated English Bible. He also illustrated a very oversized edition of E. A. Poe's The Raven.

Doré's English Bible (1865) was a great success and in 1867 Doré had a major exhibition of his work in London. This led to the foundation of the Doré Gallery in New Bond Street.

In 1869, Blanchard Jerrold, the son of Douglas William Jerrold, suggested that they worked together to produce a comprehensive portrait of London. Jerrold had got the idea from The Microcosm of London, that had been produced by Rudolph Ackermann, William Pyne and Thomas Rowlandson in 1808.

Gustave Doré also illustrated several fairy tales.

Doré signed a five-year project with the publishers, Grant & Co, that involved him staying in London for three months a year. Doré was paid the vast sum of £10,000 a year for the proposed art work. The book, London: A Pilgrimage, with 180 engravings by Doré, was eventually published in 1872.

Although a commercial success, many of the critics disliked the book. Several were upset that Doré had appeared to concentrate on the poverty that existed in London. Gustave Doré was accused by the Art Journal of "inventing rather than copying". The Westminster Review claimed that "Doré gives us sketches in which the commonest, the vulgarest external features are set down".

London: A Pilgrimage was a financial success and Doré received commissions from other British publishers. Doré's later work included Paradise Lost, The Idylls of the King, The Works of Thomas Hood and The Divine Comedy. His work also appeared in the Illustrated London News. Doré continued to illustrate books until his death in paris in 1883. He is interred in the city's Père Lachaise Cemetery. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Dore [Mar 2005]

see also: illustration


Paul Gustave Doré (1832-1883) painted Andromeda exposed to the sea-monster. (1869?)

Dore's Illustrations for "Paradise Lost" (1866) - Gustave Doré

Dore's Illustrations for "Paradise Lost" (1866) - Gustave Doré [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
All 50 of Doré's powerful illustrations for John Milton's epic poem, recounting mankind's fall from the grace of God through the work of Satan. Among the events depicted: the expulsion of Satan from Heaven, Adam and Eve in Paradise and the nine-day fall of Lucifer's legions to Hell. Appropriate quotes from the text are printed with each illustration. A plot summary of the entire poem is included.

John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674) was an English poet, most famous for his blank verse epic Paradise Lost. He is also remembered for authoring the brief epic Paradise Regained, the closet drama Samson Agonistes, the monody Lycidas, and Areopagitica, a prose work that defends the freedom of the press. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Milton [Aug 2005]

Paradise Lost (1667) is an epic poem by the 17th century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost [Aug 2005]

See also: Lucifera - heaven - hell - 1866 - poetry - illustration

Gustave Doré's illustrations for Charles Perrault's fairy tales

1863 Illustrations by Gustave Doré to Les Contes de Perrault (1697) - Charles Perrault
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1863 Illustrations by Gustave Doré to Les Contes de Perrault (1697) - Charles Perrault
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See also: 1863 - fairy - tale - folk - Gustave Doré

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