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| March 9, 2011

Paul Gustave Doré. Artist. Engraver. Printmaker. Illustrator. French. 1832-1883.

I found out about Doré at a recent trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. There, currently, an exhibit featuring a lot of work by David Blackwood – one of my favourite Canadian artists/printmakers is on display. Blackwood lists Doré as one of his influences. It’s easy to see why – the maritime motifs, dark, haunted matter, insane details.

Back in the day when most published novels were complete with beautiful woodcut engravings or finely detailed illustrations, Doré was a famous name. He illustrated scores of novels in the mid-1800s for Lord Byron, Cervantes, Poe & Milton. The top three images shown are from Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, one each from The Divine Comedy and Little Red Riding Hood. His portrait appears last – ain’t he handsome?

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