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New book from Flammarion offers insight into Gustav Dore's life and prolific body of work
The Enigma, 1871. Oil on canvas; 130 × 195.5 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Gustave Dore © Gustav Dore (1832-1883) by Philippe Kaenel, Paul Lang, and Edouard Papet, Flammarion, 2014.
NEW YORK, NY.- If you have ever seen the illustrations in Dante's Inferno or Paradise Lost , then you have experienced Gustav Dore's imaginative work. This compilation, GUSTAV DORE (1832 - 1883) examines Dore’s biography, along with his art, through a series of critical essays to explain how this illustrator, engraver, and sculptor captured the energy and life in post revolutionary France. While this prolific artist is known for his major influence on Europe's culture and art world, Dore’s subjects ranged from portraits, landscapes, as well as scenes from everyday life, the bible, novels, fairy tales and more. GUSTAV DORE follows Dore as he travels around the globe, and explains how his influence spanned from France to Russia and America.

Through 250 color and black & white illustrations, GUSTAV DORE shows how Dore explored the beauty of everyday life as well the wonder of fantasy worlds. Dore’s aim was to delight, amuse and create a sense of awe among the masses. Dore produced a prolific body of work and this compilation highlights the most significant, and tells the story behind them. This 400 page monograph includes intimate details about Gustav Dore's life and the cultural and personal events that shaped his art and the influence his work had on how artists who followed him would depict religion, literature and even one day, cinema.

Philippe Kaenel is professor of teaching and research at Lausanne University, and is a specialist in the illustration genre and in the works of Gustave Doré. Paul Lang and Edouard Papet are head curators at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Ottawa, Canada and at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

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