born Jan. 6, 1832, Strasbourg, Fr.
died Jan. 23, 1883, Paris
French printmaker, one of the most prolific and successful book illustrators of
the late 19th century, whose exuberant and bizarre fantasy created vast
dreamlike scenes widely emulated by Romantic academicians.
In 1847 he went to Paris and from 1848 to 1851 produced weekly lithographic
caricatures for the Journal pour Rire and several albums of lithographs
(1847–54). His later fame rested on his wood-engraved book illustrations.
Employing more than 40 woodcutters, he produced over 90 illustrated books. Among
his finest were an edition of the Oeuvres de Rabelais (1854), Les Contes
drolatiques of Balzac (1855), thelarge folio Bible (1866), and the Inferno of
Dante (1861). He also painted many large compositions of a religious or
historical character and had some success as a sculptor; his work in those
media, however, lacks the spontaneous vivacity of his illustrations.
The Divine Comedy
Illustrations by Gustave Dore
Donati, and the Souls whose Vows Had Been Broken
The Host of Myriad Glowing Souls
Charles Martel Addresses Dante and Beatrice
The Rings of Glowing Souls
Dante and Beatrice Translated to the Sphere of Mars
The Soul of Cacciaguida Speaks of Florence
The Blessed Souls Cirling to Form Letters
The Blessed Souls Forming an Eagle in the Sky
The Angels Descending the Heavenly Ladder
S. John Examines Dante Conceming Love
The Heavenly Host Sing Gloria in Excelsis
The Sparkling Circles of the Heavenly Host
The Saintly Throng in the Form of a Rose
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