Gustave Dore

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Gustave Dore

French Romantic painter, sculptor, illustrator and printmaker

Born 1/6/1832 - Died 1/25/1883

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Dante et Vergil dans le neuvieme cercle de l'enfer

Dante and Virgil in the Ninth Circle of Hell


Oil on canvas

315 x 450 cms | 124 x 177 ins

Musee de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

Les Oceanides (Les Naiades de la mer)

Oceanides (Naiads of the Sea)

circa 1860-circa 1869

Oil on canvas

127 x 185.5 cms | 50 x 73 ins

Private collection, ,

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DORÉ, LOUIS AUGUSTE GUSTAVE (1832-1883), French artist, the son of a civil engineer, was born at Strassburg on the 6th of January 1832. In 1848 he came to Paris and secured a three years engagement on the Journal pour rire. His facility as a draughtsman was extraordinary, and among the books he illustrated in rapid succession were Balzac's Contes drolatiques [Droll Tales] (1855), Dante's "Inferno" (1861), Don Quixote (1863), The Bible (1866), Paradise Lost (1866), and the works of Rabelais (1873). He painted also many large and ambitious compositions of religious or historical character, and made some success as a sculptor, his statue of Alexandre Dumas in Paris being perhaps his best-known work in this line. He died on the 25th of January 1883.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.