Gustave Dore

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.

                 

 
DANTE ALIGHIERI


The Divine Comedy


INFERNO


Illustrations by Gustave Dore
 

 


The Descent of the Abyss on Geryon's Back

 


Virgil shows Dante the Shade of Thais

 


Dante addresses Pope Nicholas III

 


The Demons threaten Virgil

 

 


Ciampolo excaping from the Demon Alichino

 

 


The Hypocrites address Dante

 

 


The Thieves tortured by Serpents

 

 


Agnello changing into a Serpent

 

 


The Flaming Spirits of the evil Counsellors

 


The Mutilated Shade of Mahomet

 

 


The Severed Head of Bertrand de Born speaks

 

 


Virgil reproves Dante's Curiousity

 

 


The Giant Antaeus lowering Dante and Virgil

 

 


Ugolino gnawing the Head of Ruggieri

 

 


Lucifer, King of Hell

 

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