Gustav Doré

Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (1832-1883) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor who worked mainly with wood engraving.

I saw some of his works in Edinburgh’s Scottish National Gallery and they really caught my attention. They have a huge amount of detail, the compositions are complex and the use of shading is very eye catching. In his image “The neophyte” you can see how he directed the eye to the focal point of the composition by the contrast of light and dark and how the detail is lost slightly as you travel to the background of the picture.

One of his highlights are the illustrations he made of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza which heavily influenced how these characters were further depicted by many other artists. He created a huge amount of artwork so I definitely recommend looking for more images online.

"DonQuijote reading books of chivalry" by Gustav Doré
“DonQuijote reading books of chivalry” by Gustav Doré
"The Neophyte" by Gustav Doré
“The Neophyte” by Gustav Doré
"The divine comedy" by Gustav Doré
“The divine comedy” by Gustav Doré

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