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GUSTAVE DORE (French / 1832-1883)

Paul Gustave Doré was born in Strasburg. Doré became one of the most productive, and commercially successful, artists in French history. Among his finest works are his wood engravings of London, which today seem to define the London of Dickens. As with most of his prints, the work of transferring Gustave Doré's London drawings to the wood blocks was done by craftsmen employed in his studio. These skilled artisans either transferred Doré's drawings to the block, or more commonly worked on top of drawings made by Doré directly on the block with a stiff brush dipped in Indian ink. Doré also occasionally drew his designs in opaque white on a block that had been stained black. Gustave Doré's subtle judgment of the effects that would be achieved in the final wood engravings by his handling of masses of light and shadow means that despite the involvement of artisan engravers in the process, a Doré wood engraving always bears the distinctive signs of the master's hand. Besides the London engravings, other significant series include Gustave Doré's engravings for the Bible, for Milton's Paradise Lost, and for Dante.

See also:

BILL BRANDT
JOSEPH PENNELL

Selected prints by GUSTAVE DORE

The Vision of the
Empyrean, 1868
Wood engraving •SOLD
Little Red Riding
Hood, 1862
Wood engraving
Warehousing in the
City, 1872
Wood engraving

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