Gustave Doré (1832–1883): Master of Imagination

Gustave DoréPuss in Boots© Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Gustave Doré is without doubt one of the most prodigious artists of the 19th century. At barely fifteen years of age he began a career as a caricaturist and then professional illustrator – which brought him international fame – before embracing all areas of creativity: drawing, painting, watercolour, engraving and sculpture.
Doré also applied his immense talent to different genres, from satire to history painting, delivering in turn, enormous canvases and more intimate paintings, flamboyant watercolours, virtuoso washes, incisive pen and ink drawings, engravings, fanciful illustrations, as well as Baroque, humorous, monumental and enigmatic sculptures.

As an illustrator, Doré set himself the challenge of the greatest texts (the Bible, Dante, Rabelais, Perrault, Cervantes, Milton, Shakespeare, Hugo, Balzac, Poe), which turned him into a real purveyor of European culture. He thus occupies a special place in contemporary collective imagination, from van Gogh to Terry Gilliam, not to mention his undoubted influence on comic books; there are many aspects that this first retrospective in thirty years will explore.

 


Curators

Edouard Papet, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay
Philippe Kaenel, Professor of Art History, University of Lausanne
Paul Lang, vice director and head curator, National Gallery of Canada

In partnership with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The exhibition will also be shown at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 12 June - 14 September 2014

With the generous support of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the La Maison de l'Alsace and Le Lit National



With the support of Tollens for their paint contribution




Publications

Gustave Doré. Master of Imagination
Musée d'Orsay / Flammarion
€ 45


Doré. L'imaginaire
Delille Damien
Musée d'Orsay / Flammarion
€ 9.50

Gustave's door
Lemant Albert
Musée d'Orsay / Atelier du poisson soluble
€ 20


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