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.



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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