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 .
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
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).
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