Doré, Gustave (-Paul)


Doré, Gustave (-Paul)

biographical name

(born Jan. 6, 1832, Strasbourg, France—died Jan. 23, 1883, Paris) French printmaker. In 1847 he went to Paris and began producing lithographic caricatures for a weekly journal and several albums of lithographs (1847–54). He achieved fame and wide popularity with his wood-engraved book illustrations; among the finest were editions of Dante's Inferno (1861) and the Bible (1866). His vivid work is characterized by images of the grotesque and bizarre. Employing over 40 block cutters, he eventually produced more than 90 illustrated books.

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