Le Christ sortant du tombeau. Artist: Gustave Doré (French, Strasbourg 1832-1883 Paris); Date: 1850-83; CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication
A prolific and extremely talented wood and steel engraver, illustrator, and sculptor Gustave Doré created masterful illustrated Visions.
Angels, demons, historical drama, and human tragedy filled his detailed etchings. The Paradise Lost illustrations and Dante's Divine Comedy have become so praised that many have become macabre popular culture items in their own right.
Doré's vast works are narrative and iconic, featuring dramatic use of contrast and no aversion to darker themes. His large compositions and intricately detailed etching fit well with the historically weighty projects Doré commonly took on. We have selected some of our favourite pieces from the Paradise Lost & Divine Comedy series as well as others.
L'Énigme Gustave Doré oil painting
Minos, King of Crete, Illustration from "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri, Gustave Doré
Gustave Doré Death on the Pale Horse
Gustave Doré Prints & Product
View Dark Art & Craft Gustave Doré limited reproduction Art prints
Images via en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Dor unless otherwise noted
Gustave Dore - Loch Lomond, 1875
Lucifer Descends Gustave Doré
Doré's plate illustrating the Tennyson's line: "At Merlin's feet the wily Vivien lay".
The Inferno Canto 13 by Gustave Doré
Geryon for The Divine Comedy, Image via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Dor%C3%A9
"Flood Destroying the World" Image via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flood_destroying_the_world.jpg
Félix Nadar 1820-1910 portraits Gustave Doré