Gustave Doré : Master Of Imagination Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on May 6th, 2015

Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book

Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré ( 1832 – 1883 ) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. Often called “the most illustrious of illustrators”, Gustave Doré prolific portfolio ran the gamut from art work in editions of the Bible, Dante’s Inferno, Poe’s The Raven, The Adventures of Don Quixote, and even in Hollywood, from King Kong to Seven.

This comprehensive monograph Gustave Dore 1832-1883: Master of Imagination showcases a huge collection of his art work spanning over 300 pages, many of which appeared at the exhibitions in Musée d’Orsay, Paris in 2011 and at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa in 2014.

Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book

(above right) “Christmas Eve”, done with watercolour and gouache highlights, on pencil underdrawing. Gustave Doré started his career at the age of 15 as a caricaturist for the magazine Journal pour rire. He once commented : “I’m sorry to have made a mere 100,000 drawings by the age 33”.

Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book

(above) Puss In Boots & The Little Red Riding Hood. Doré was equally adept at illustrations for children’s books as he is for more sombre subjects like Dante’s Inferno.

Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book

(above & below) The artist’s paintings on religious themes are sweepingly epic, moody and visually powerful.

Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book
Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination Art Book

A master artist of many trades, this hardcover volume collects a bountiful serving of Gustave Doré’s masterpieces for easy appreciation and study/reference. Highly recommended.

“Gustave Dore 1832-1883 : Master of Imagination″ art book details :

– Dimensions – 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
– Soft cover, 148 pages
– Full color

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11 Responses to “Gustave Doré : Master Of Imagination Art Book Review”

Knife

Will you do this one when it’s released? I know you did him before…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/WKW-Cinema-Kar-Wai-Wong/dp/0847846172/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428960825&sr=1-1&keywords=0847846172

martin

gorgeous work. love that puss in boots drawing

Mfon

Isn’t that philippe Druillet’s work in the last photo?

Ral

How very versatile! This book will be very worth it.

GITS_Fanatic

I’ll have to buy this one. *_*

yonghow

Knife – Thanks for the heads up ! I would love to do a review for this book ! :]

martin – This image always seem to come up when there is mention of Dore’s work, so I thought it a good idea to include it here too. :]

Mfon – You’re right ! There’s an interview with Druillet at the end of the book and he talks about Dore’s influence on his work.

Ral/GITS_Fanatic – You guys won’t be disappointed. :]

Li-An

This was a great show in Musée d’Orsay. There was another book very thin called “L’Imaginaire” in A3 I bought. It’s terrific to see Doré’s work in such scale.
http://www.amazon.fr/Limaginaire-Gustave-Dor%C3%A9-mus%C3%A9e-dOrsay/dp/2081316420

Knife

Ye, I’m buying it for sure, but still, I would like to see some more info about text/photographs that will be chosen for it.

Also, there are several different release dates –

Rizzoli / Amazon USA – October 13, 2015
Book Depository – 15 Sep 2015
Variety – June!
Amazon UK – 6 Jun. 2015

Really confusing.

yonghow

knife – confusing indeed. I’ll most likely keep track of the Amazon release.

Mfon

yonghow- yeah, I thought so. thanks for the info.

Dore was also a big influence on Moebius.

Btw, your site rocks!

yonghow

Thank you ! :]