Doré, Gustave

BORN 6 Jan 1832, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin - DIED 23 Jan 1883, Paris
BIRTH NAME Doré, Paul Gustave
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 22)

Son of an engineer. Gustave Doré created his first lithography when he was thirteen. In 1848 he went to live in Paris, where he met the publisher Charles Philipon who was astonished when he say the fifteen year old boy make a few drawings. Doré immediately started to work for Philipon's magazin "Journal pour rire". His father died in 1849 and at that time Doré was allready well known in France.

In 1853, after drawing over 2,000 satirical caricatures, he started producing literary engravings, that served as book-illustrations for works by Byron, Rabelais, Balzac and Dante. He also illustrated the Bible. Doré was among the most famous artists of his time. Often his drawings were engraved on wood by teams of craftsmen.

In 1868 he moved to London where a he was so successful that a gallery was named after him. In his later years he returned to Paris and produced several paintings and sculptures, but his later work wasn't accepted until after his death.

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The grave of Gustave Doré at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


'Sorrow for the lost Leonore'.
   (1883, [Sammlung Hegewisch])

• Murray, Peter & Linda Murray, The Penguin Dictionary of Arts & Artists, Fourth Edition, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1981
Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990
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Dorian, Pierre Frédéric

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 26 Jan 2022