Doré, Gustave
Doré, Gustave (1832-83). The most popular and successful French book illustrator of the mid 19th century. Doré became very widely known for his illustrations to such books as Dante's Inferno (1861), Don Quixote (1862), and the Bible (1866), and he helped to give European currency to the illustrated book of large . He was so prolific that at one time he employed more than forty blockcutters. His work is characterized by a rather naïve but highly spirited love of the grotesque and represents a commercialization of the Romantic taste for the bizarre. Drawings of London done in 1869-71 were more sober studies of the poorer quarters of the city and captured the attention of van Gogh. In the 1870s he also took up painting (doing some large and ambitions religious works) and sculpture (the monument to the dramatist and novelist Alexandre Dumas in the Place Malesherbes in Paris, erected in 1883, is his work).

459 x 700 52.4K
52.4K, 459 x 700

Alpine Scene
Painted: 1865
Oil on canvas
Art Institute of Chicago

The Enigma
Painted: 1871
Oil on canvas
Musée d'Orsay

700 x 463 37.4K
37.4K, 700 x 463

795 x 1000 157.3K
157.3K, 795 x 1000

Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
Painted: 1855
Granger Collection
New York