Gustave Doré was an individual and prolific artist of the nineteenth century, known for his highly idiosyncratic lithographs and his melodramatic, grandiose paintings. While his extensive œuvre spans every medium, his acclaim and posthumous renown stem primarily from his talents as an illustrator of classic literary works. Doré lies at the confluence of late Romanticism and early Symbolism, manifesting itself in a self-conscious idiosyncrasy combined with a penchant for the Sublime. He painted naturalistically in an uncategorizable style that differed according to the medium and the desired effect. He imbued his work with an aesthetic timelessness that lives on in today’s collective imagination through Dreamworks’ ‘Puss in Boots’ character as well as Terry Gilliam’s and Tim Burton’s filmography.
Books on Gustave Doré
Philippe Kaenel, ed., Doré: Master of Imagination, exh. cat. Paris/Ottawa, 2014.
Valentine Robert, ‘L’Œuvre de Gustave Doré au Cinéma’, 1895 : Revue de l’Association Française de Recherche de l’histoire du Cinéma, vol. 72, 2014, pp. 158-176.
Eric Zafran, ed., Fantasy and Faith: The Art of Gustave Doré, New Haven (CT) and London, 2007.
Francis Haskell, Past and Present in Art and Taste, New Haven (CT) and London, 1987.
Henri Leblanc, Catalogue de l’Œuvre Complet de Gustave Doré, Paris, 1931.