About the Artist:
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré, France (1832-1883) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. He began his career working as a caricaturist for the French paper Le Journal Pour Rire.
Doré subsequently won commissions to depict scenes from books by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante. Later in his career her illustrated Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe, Coleridge and Tennyson. Doré’s work also appeared in the weekly newspaper The Illustrated London News.
His illustrations for a French edition of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and his depictions of the knight and his squire, Sancho Panza, became so famous that they influenced subsequent readers, artists, and stage and film directors’ ideas of the physical “look” of the two characters.
Doré was mainly celebrated for his paintings in his day. His paintings remain world renowned, but his woodcuts and engravings are where he really excelled as an artist with an individual vision. [DES-10/14]