Gustave Dore

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Gustave Dore- An Artist with many talents


A man of many talents, Gustave Dore was born as Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré. He was a painter, illustrator, and caricaturist who rose to fame in the 19th century. French by birth, the artist was also a sculptor and woodcarver. Dore must have possessed a great sense of humor because he had a reputation of being a great comic artist too. He is known as a prolific artist who owned an array of skills and left behind an extensive legacy of art.

Early Life

Dore was born on 6 January 1832 in the city of Strasbourg. He was an early bud with natural abilities that shone through in his drawings and paintings. Even at age 5, Gustave Dore could draw and paint like a person beyond his years. His artistic talents were prodigious, and he started stone carving at the mere age of 12. By the time he was a teen of 15 years, Dore was already a caricaturist working with a French paper, Le journal pour rire. He also forayed into wood carving when he was a teen. Later on, in the late 1840s and 50s, Dore went into creating text comics and illustrations for magazines and books.

Famous Artworks

Gustave Dore’s text comics and illustrations were  in Les Travaux d'Hercule , Trois artistes incompris et mécontents , Les Dés-agréments d'un voyage d'agrément . He also created a comic strip for L'Histoire de la Sainte Russie in 1854. He also went on to illustrate many famous books written by Milton and Dante. He also created illustrations for the works of Lord Byron.

Dore also illustrated scenes from Gargantua et Pantagruel in 1854. In 1853, Dore went on to create 12 illustrations for the Legend of Wandering Jew. He also illustrated Edgar Allen Poe’s famous work The Raven. In 1866, Dore created a series of Illustrations for the Bible, which were exhibited in London.

Final Years and Death

Dore’s only family was his parents, as he remained unmarried for life. He died on 23 January 1883 after a bout of illness that left him weak. His grave can be found in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, today. He worked on illustrations till his death. Illustrations of Shakespeare’s plays were his last work that remained unfinished on his death.