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Gustave Dore

Updated on April 03, 2013
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"LES SALTIMBANQUES" (ACROBATIC, TUMBLER, ENTERTAINERS) ALSO KNOWN AS "INJURED CHILD" BY GUSTAVE DORE, 1874
"LES SALTIMBANQUES" (ACROBATIC, TUMBLER, ENTERTAINERS) ALSO KNOWN AS "INJURED CHILD" BY GUSTAVE DORE, 1874

GUSTAVE DORE

Gustave Dore created the most popular illustrations and engravings in the history of human civilization.

He reminds me of the top character actors of all time—you know their work, but you don't know their names.

Gustave Dore (1832-1883) was a child prodigy from Strasbourg.

When he was fifteen years old—and looked much younger—he visited Paris with his family and walked by the window of a publishing house with engravings displayed in its windows.

Dore went to the publishing company alone the next day to show his sketches to the publisher, Charles Philipon, who was dazzled by them.

Monsieur Philipon signed Dore to a lucrative contract on the spot.

Within one year, Gustave Dore was the highest paid illustrator in France.

Within twenty years he would be the most famous living artist in the world.

The engravings by Dore are etched into the memory of the collective subconscious of the world.

"MAIDENS" SCULPTURE IN WOOD BY GUSTAVE DORE
"MAIDENS" SCULPTURE IN WOOD BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JESUS PREACHING SERMON ON THE MOUNT" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JESUS PREACHING SERMON ON THE MOUNT" BY GUSTAVE DORE

GUSTAVE DORE

Gustave Dore never had an art lesson.

Yet he illustrated books by Rabelais, Balzac, Coleridge, Tennyson, Milton, Dante, Cervantes, Lord Byron, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Besides illustrating books, and engraving in both wood and metal, Dore was famous as a painter and sculptor.

In 1861, against everyone's advice, Gustave Dore published a giant folio of Dante's Inferno, featuring 76 full-page engravings.

The finished book was priced at seven times the most expensive book ever published, but it sold like hotcakes—to the astonishment of all but Dore.

There have been over 200 editions of those engravings published since.

In 1866, Gustave Dore created the most popular Bible illustrations ever—238 of them.

The following year the Dore Gallery began its 25 year run on Bond Street in London.

He then created the most famous set of Biblical paintings the world has ever seen.

"ALEXANDRE DUMAS" SCULPTURE IN PARIS BY GUSTAVE DORE
"ALEXANDRE DUMAS" SCULPTURE IN PARIS BY GUSTAVE DORE

GUSTAVE DORE

Gustave Dore published his folio masterpiece, London: A Pilgrimage, in 1872.

It featured 180 engravings, the rights to which he was paid over $100,000 by Harper & Brothers of America.

Dore worked five years on that project.

Vincent Van Gogh proclaimed this set to be his favorite artwork.

In 1882, Gustave Dore was paid 30,000 francs to illustrate The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

This was to be his final work.

He died in Paris at age 51.

In 1896, an exhibition of his paintings toured the Western World.

The last stop was Chicago, where his work caused a sensation.

The Gustave Dore Exhibit broke all attendance records for the Art Institute of Chicago.

1.5 million people came to see his paintings over eight months, sixteen thousand per day.

The final hour of the exhibition saw 4,000 people pour in.

The Art Institute had never drawn more than 600,000 people before in any year.

"SATAN" FOR JOHN MILTON'S "PARADISE LOST" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"SATAN" FOR JOHN MILTON'S "PARADISE LOST" BY GUSTAVE DORE
GUSTAVE DORE PHOTOGRAPHED BY FELIX NADAR IN 1857
GUSTAVE DORE PHOTOGRAPHED BY FELIX NADAR IN 1857

GUSTAVE DORE



Gustave Dore achieved the most fame during his lifetime for his over 400 oil paintings and hundreds of watercolor landscapes.

But his lasting legacy is his engravings and illustrations.




More than 4,000 published books have used the engravings of Gustave Dore.

His illustrations have been used over 10,000 times in books.

The engravings by Dore have also been used extensively by Hollywood, featured in such films as The Ten Commandments, King Kong, Great Expectations, and Amistad. Gustave Dore was a genius.




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My Favorite Gustave Dore Engravings

"DON QUIXOTE" FOR MIGUEL DE CERVANTES BY GUSTAVE DORE
"DON QUIXOTE" FOR MIGUEL DE CERVANTES BY GUSTAVE DORE
"OVER LONDON BY RAIL" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"OVER LONDON BY RAIL" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"LUDGATE HILL, LONDON" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"LUDGATE HILL, LONDON" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"DAVID AND GOLIATH" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"DAVID AND GOLIATH" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JUDGEMENT OF SOLOMON" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JUDGEMENT OF SOLOMON" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"A CELESTIAL LIGHT" FROM "THE CRUSADES" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"A CELESTIAL LIGHT" FROM "THE CRUSADES" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"MOURZOUFLE PARLEYING WITH DANDALO" FROM "THE CRUSADES" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"MOURZOUFLE PARLEYING WITH DANDALO" FROM "THE CRUSADES" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"IDYLLE OF THE KING" FROM "CAMELOT" FOR ALFRED LORD TENNYSON BY GUSTAVE DORE
"IDYLLE OF THE KING" FROM "CAMELOT" FOR ALFRED LORD TENNYSON BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JESUS" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JESUS" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JESUS AND THE WOMAN TAKEN IN ADULTERY" WOODCUT BY GUSTAVE DORE
"JESUS AND THE WOMAN TAKEN IN ADULTERY" WOODCUT BY GUSTAVE DORE
"THE CROWN OF THORNS" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"THE CROWN OF THORNS" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"THE THAMES, LONDON" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"THE THAMES, LONDON" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"NEOPHYTE" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"NEOPHYTE" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"ORLANDO FURIOSO" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"ORLANDO FURIOSO" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"DON QUIXOTE" FOR MIGUEL DE CERVANTES BY GUSTAVE DORE
"DON QUIXOTE" FOR MIGUEL DE CERVANTES BY GUSTAVE DORE
"PARADISE" FOR "DANTE'S INFERNO" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"PARADISE" FOR "DANTE'S INFERNO" BY GUSTAVE DORE
"DON QUIXOTE" FOR MIGUEL DE CERVANTES BY GUSTAVE DORE
"DON QUIXOTE" FOR MIGUEL DE CERVANTES BY GUSTAVE DORE

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      How is it possible to born with so much talent? Do you know why he died so young?

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      Deborah J. Myers 6 years ago from South Jersey/ Philadelphia

      So interesting!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Gustave Dore is so talented. His works are so beautiful !

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      Allan McGregor 6 years ago from South Lanarkshire

      Thanks again, James for a wonderful hub. A beautifully written account of a fascinating artist.

      You're absolutely right about how utterly familiar we are with his art, yet almost unconscious of the artist. I call it 'the gift of invisibility'.

      Why did he die so young? - Maybe, as Icharus flew too close to the sun, Dore flew too close to Poe. We don't know why he died so early either.

      I think of Dore's art as that of a romantic Gosthicist, and see him almost as the Richard Wagner of inkpot and pallet.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub, and have sent you a related musical item on Facebook.

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      lyjo 6 years ago

      I am always so fascinated by your hubs, this is beautiful, what a special person he must have been, I often wonder how one is born with such talent? Thank you for a beautiful read! Take care!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      To varying degrees, we all have our gift. Dore had an amazing gift of art.

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      olga khumlo 6 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      Wow! Great hub.I simply sit spellbound.God bless you.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Have seen most of these at one time or another. Never connected with me that he was the common thread, James. As usual; great research on your part.

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      The hub is full of thrill with wonderful painting

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I didn't know that he was a child prodigy. You always write such wonderful Hubs, so rich and rewarding to the reader. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures, and education on Gustave Dore...Simply fascinating!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      De Greek— Thank you for being my first visitor! It is great to see you again. Gustave Dore had boatloads of natural talent, that's for sure. I too wondered about the cause of death but I looked everywhere and could not find an answer. One writer said he may have just worn out—worked himself to death.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Dorothy J. Myers— Thank you! Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Ingenira— Yes indeed. We are in agreeance about that to be sure. Thank you for visiting and commenting. :-)

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      Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Interesting, James.

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      Marcella Glenn 6 years ago from PA

      James, a very informative and interesting hub.

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      James this was a very interesting hub. This man had a lot of talent. It just sends chills up my spine, to look at some of his work. Beautiful and very talented.

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and beautiful! Well written and detailed. Great descriptive account of a most talented artist. Your writings are so enticing and captivating...

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      sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

      Thank you James for sharing this mans work of art. A very gifted man. Job well done as you are a very gifted writer! God bless you!

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      Seth Tomko 6 years ago from Macon, GA

      I was wondering if you'd ever do Dore in your art hubs. I'm a big fan of his wood cuts. His works for Dante's Divine Comedy are amazing. Thanks for doing a hub on Dore.

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      Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

      James - Another really fine article. Great work. It was pleasing to learn more about Gustave Dore. I first bumped into some of his work in a German edition of Cervante's "Don Quixote," several of the illustrations being represented in your article. Thanks.

      Gus :-)))

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Nice job James... I have always enjoyed the illustrations that Gustave had done in Dante's and Milton's books. Many times it is difficult with scripture (or scripture related texts) to "paint" a good picture of what is being described, without a talented artist like this man using his God-given gifts for their purpose.

      With blessings...Rev.Ted

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      I enjoyed admiring this highly talented artist's works. Very impressed and thanks for sharing this excellent hub.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Allan McGregor— How good it is to see you again, brother. Thank you for the gracious accolades. And you are welcome.

      The link you sent me is outstanding. Music and art. Here it is for interested parties:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6bQ0kkLX3k

      I am so glad you enjoyed this Hub. As always, your comments are thoughtful and insghtful.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      lyjo— You are most welcome. Thank you for your lovely remarks. I am well pleased that you appreciate this Hub. Gustave Dore was extremely talented. I am glad to shine a spotlight on him and his works.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      WillStarr— I agree with you. I will add that it is a singular honor to have a writer possessed of such great skill as you visit my Hub.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      olgakhumlo— Thank you for the high praise indeed. You have made my day with your warm words. :D

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      DiamondRN— Thank you, my friend, for your laudatory remarks. I am happy that you liked this little Hub of mine. :)

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      H P Roychoudhury— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Excellent hub, James, as usual. I particularly like the illustration of the back to back houses in London. I was bemused by the second chimney in the back yards and still cant work out what they were there for

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      b. Malin— You are quite welcome. Thank you for your kind compliments. I am thankful to receive them. I very much appreciate your visitation.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Vladimir Uhri! Thank you, my brother! Thank you very much.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Marcella Glenn— I am well pleased that you find this Hub to be interesting and informative. Thank you for letting me know. :-)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Rhonda Waits— I too am in awe of the terrific talents of Gustave Dore. I am glad you came by to visit. Thank you for your kind comments.

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      shynsly 6 years ago from Sierra Vista, AZ

      Fascinating hub with beautiful illustration... thank you!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Shows you have done your research, very entertaining!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I have admired many of Dore's illustrations and sculptures for years without realty knowing who he was. Thanks, James, for educating me re his amazing talents. Beautiful job - research and illustrations.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      samsons1— Good to see you, my friend. Thank you for the voted up and beautiful! I sincerely appreciate your complimentary comments.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      sherrylou57— You are quite welcome. I appreciate the visit and your comments. God Bless You!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      satomko— I adore his woodcuts! And as you say his Dante's Divine Comedy IS amazing indeed. Thank you for the affirmation. And you are welcome. Great artist.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      GusTheRedneck— You are welcome, Gus. I am always pleased to receive your remarks. His work on Don Quixote set the standard for representations of those characters. Thanks for the accolades brother!

      James

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      christ4ever— Thank you for your blessings and the compliment, Rev. Ted. Gustave Dore is the master of Biblical illustration in my book. It was not easy to select these particular works out of his enormous catalog. I agree with your comments. Good of you to come by!

      James

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Some simply have the talent within them, amazing... I have seen illustration by Dore, and I was amazed over the many details! You have made an excellent hub, I enjoyed reading, and also liked the great photos!

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      Amber Allen 6 years ago

      Hi James

      I do love reading your hubs about Art and this one is no exception. I had no idea that Dore was the artist of so many of my favorite Biblical illustrations.

      One of your commenters CASE1WORKER asked what the second chimneys were for at the back of the houses. The outhouses at the back of these houses would have contained the 'copper' water heater / boiler and it was how hot water in larger quantities was obtained.

      How is your book coming along?

      Amber:)

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Talented indeed. It is just amazing what some people come into the world with and then others seem to struggle at! Well presented, James, as always.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      richtwf— Together we can form a mutual admiration society! :D

      Thank you for expressing your appreciation of this Hub. And you are most welcome.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      CASE1WORKER— Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my Hub. I appreciate your kind comments. I don't know what the second chimneys were for. Perhaps another Hubber can help us out. :-)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      shynsly— You are welcome! Thank you very much for your comments. I am well pleased that you liked this gallery.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      LuisEGonzalez— I appreciate the recognition. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! I'll be over to see your work soon.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      drbj— You are quite welcome. It is always a distinct pleasure to have you visit and comment. Thank you ever much for your gracious accolades! :)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      thougtforce— I am glad you enjoyed this Hub about Gustave Dore. I too am amazed by the little details one sees if we slowly take the time to really look closely at these master works of art. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I do appreciate it.

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      gbETTY wILSON 6 years ago

      So enjoyed viewing all the wonderful Art. Such talent!

      Thanks for writing and sharing.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Amber Allen— Hello Amber! I am well pleased that you enjoyed this Hub. Thank you for coming. I appreciate your comments, especially the explication of those second chimneys. You are one smart cookie. I had no idea what those were.

      I have spent months conceptualizing the book in my head without physically working on it. It was up to 600 pages—far too long. I now know what I want to do, which is essentially write a new book of about 180-200 pages as a commentary of my unpublished book of 600 pages. :D

      I am going to publish one more Hub and then I am taking a break from HubPages to finish my book. Thanks for asking.

      James

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      akirchner— Yes, some people are born genuises and in my book Gustave Dore ranks among them. Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your kind comments. :-)

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      What an amazing artist Gustave Dore, with never that first art lesson or example other than the natural gift within. An amazing artist indeed and very fitting tribute and collection of achomplishments!

      Well done! :) Katie

      P.S. Best Wishes and Much Success to you on your book!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Betty Wilson— You are quite welcome, my lady. Thank you for coming to visit. I appreciate your remarks. :)

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      mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

      I have a book (paperback) of Dore's illustrations of Dante, and I love it. Therefore, I was particularly interested in your hub. The man was so talented! Thanks for sharing.

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      Ros Webb 6 years ago from Ireland

      Dore's work is amazing , thank you for drawing my attention to him.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      katiem2— Thank you for your kind compliments regarding this Hub, Katie. I appreciate your Best Wishes for my book. I am about to knuckle down and get 'er done. It is always a pleasure to read your comments.

      James

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      mysterylady 89— You do!? That is awesome! Gustave Dore was an amazingly talented man, that's for sure. Thank you for your comments. And you are welcome. :D

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... I can't say anything, James. Because this hub so beautiful. I love art very much. I really appreciate your work to made this hub. I give my big appreciation to this hub. Gustave Dore really great artist and he was very talented person. I liked all his creations. Thanks for share with us. I give my vote to you. Cheers....

      Blessing and hugs,

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      AWESOME...His work is exquisite..Thank you!!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      RosWebbART— You are welcome. It is my pleasure to have published this gallery featuring the art of Gustave Dore. A labor of love. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Prasetio30— You are welcome, my friend. Yes, Gustave Dore is a truly great artist. I am glad you loved this gallery and that you expressed your appreciation of my Hub. Thank you for the vote, blessings, and hugs. I am always happy to hear from you.

      James

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      msorensson— You are welcome! I surely agree with your assessment of the art of Gustave Dore. Thanks for coming!

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      Levi Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

      Amazing. What great minds (yours and Gustav's). Thanks, this was a very interesting read. I had heard of him, and seen some of his work, of course, but I had no idea he was such a brilliant and maven artist.

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      I've seen a few of these pictures before. They're all absolutely stunning. Thanks for a great hub.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Joshua Kell— You're welcome, friend. I'm glad you enjoyed this gallery and article. Thank you for coming by. I appreciate your kind comments.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      JodiVee— You are quite welcome. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming! Welcome to the Hub Pages Community.

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      mecheshier 6 years ago

      Very nice Hub James! Beautiful pics. Informative piece.. Thank you!

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      Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      The name Gustav Dore certainly rings a bell, but I wouldn't have been able to name a painting. Many thanks for this nice hub.

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      James, what a fascinating hub! Would you believe that it was just weeks ago while sourcing a painting to illustrate one of my hubs ( every word tells a story) I came across Gustav Dore"s work and recognised that I have seen many but haven't attributed to him. The engraving I used was from his collection of the Crusades- Edward 1 killing an assassin! The energy and the detail wre stunning. I made a note to look upnhis other work and hey presto, you've saveD me a job. Voted up and awesome!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      mecheshier— You are welcome! Thank you for your kind compliments. Makes a man feel good! :D

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Les Trois Chenes— You are most welcome. It was my pleasure to finally write about, and display a gallery of the magnificent works by Gustave Dore. I had thought about this for a long time before I finally pulled the trigger.

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      alinadelea 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Excellent hub which features an excellent talent. No doubt about it Gustave Dore is indeed a genius in the field of art. Thank you for sharing this great wealth of information about him. I enjoyed the read. Remain blessed always. Regards.

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      The talent is amazing!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Docmo— Thank you very much for your kind compliments, and the voted up and awesome! I appreciate you taking the time to review my Hub and this gallery. Gustave Dore was an incredible artist. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! :D

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      alinadelea— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      cristina327— You are welcome, dear. Thank you for your gracious compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub about Gustave Dore. I appreciate the visit. :-)

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      bugslady8949 6 years ago from The Bahamas

      I think you did a great hub on Dore and I to am a fan of his work. keep up the good work.

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      J Sunhawk 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Your assessment of Dore is spot on. Great illustrator. Good hub outlining Dore's life.

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      Gypsy48 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub, it amazes me as to all of the creative talents from that era. Such detailing in their works. Masters indeed.Very different from artists of today.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      ChristineVianello— Yes indeed! Thank you for saying so. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      bugslady8949— I sincerely appreciate your kind compliments. Thank you for coming by to visit. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      J Sunhawk— Thank you very much for the kind compliments. I appreciate the visit and your comments. :)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Gypsy48— Yes, art has surely changed. It seems to me that the purpose of art used to be beauty. Not so much now, though there are exceptions to every rule. Thank you for visiting and commenting. :-)

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      ALL4JESUS 6 years ago from USA

      Exquisite - the writing and the paintings.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      ALL4JESUS— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      GPAGE 6 years ago from California

      JAMES! This is one of those hubs that makes me go WOW. What an amazing talent. I have seen some of his work. The details in the art is unbelievable.....I wonder how some people are born with such a gift? There are so many amazing artists! I looked at your favorite ones and I love the detail in "Over London By Rail," "Celestial Light," Idylle Of The King," and "Orlando Furioso." Thank you for writing and sharing this amazing talent here! G

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      GPAGE!! I am right tickled at your reaction, Miss G. Amazing talent indeed! I too am blown away by the intricate details in his engravings. This looks like a gift that Gustave Dore was definitely born with. Never had a lesson! I love the choices you made. Of course, you have exquisite taste! Thank you for your lovely words. And you are most welcome.

      James

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      J Burgraff 6 years ago

      I have been off hub pages for almost a year and my first inclination was to check in and see what you have been up to. And you have been up to good. Love this article on Gustave Dore. It's nice to read an article by someone who clearly is completely into what he's telling us about. Thanks!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      J Burgraff— Hey! It is a pleasure to see you again. I see you have a new Hub out. I'll be by to read it soon. Thank you for letting me know you are back in business.

      I appreciate your kind compliments. And you are most welcome. :D

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      stessily 6 years ago

      I remember losing myself as a child in Gustave Dore's illustrations in many books in my father's library.

      According to French Wikipedia, he died of a heart attack:

      "Il meurt d'une crise cardiaque à 51 ans, le 23 janvier 1883. . ."

      Your appreciation of art and your ability to share that appreciation are greatly appreciated!

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      This is an amazing hub.This hub reminds me one thing-some people are really really gifted.Thanks a lot

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      Mimi721wis 6 years ago

      Really good work James.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Stessily— Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate the information about the death of Gustave Dore. I am grateful you visited mt Hub.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      andromida— Good of you to come. You are welcome. Yes, some people are quite gifted. Thank you for your comments.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Mimi721wis— Thank you!! Thank you very much!! :D

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      DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Wow! All these times, I thought these pieces of arts are made by a professional artist. It is very amazing to know that he was born with such a load of talents.

      Thanks for sharing another very interesting and insightful hub, James. Your hub made my new year start with a bang of very refreshing and amusing information. The way you presented things is very engaging so that I really had to stop eating (even if my tummy is rumbling... lol!) to read your hub.

      Here's a vote for you, and of course rated it useful, awesome and beautiful hub! Cheers! =)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      DjBryle— You are very welcome. I am well pleased that you found this Hub to be interesting and insightful. Thank you for saying so. I appreciate the visit.

      Yes, Gustave Dore was born with a load of talents. And I am grateful to you for the votes. Cheers to you! :D

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      Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

      James- Gustave's engravings are without equal. They are mesmerizing........... his ability to detail how he saw things in such intricate detail will never cease to amaze me.

      My favorite work here would be the "Maidens." Exquisite! I would love to be able to sculpt.......... but wood? I can carve a snake from a branch! :-D

      Thanks for this! I enjoyed........... "Neophyte" is rather haunting, and "The Judgement of Solomon" .............love it, but I have to ask........... where is the "Return of the Prodigal Son?" Somehow I was sure it would be here.......... Kaie

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Kaie Arwen— I surely agree with you that the engravings by Gustave Dore are without equal. And yes, he had an uncanny ability to detail what he saw in his mind's eye.

      I actually hadn't seen "Maidens" until I did the research for this Hub. I was surprised at what a talented sculptor he is.

      I believe Gustave did do "The Prodigal Son." I'll have to look at that again. I think Rembrandt's version is the best of all time.

      "Neophyte" you described so well with a single word: "haunting." It is that.

      Thank you for your triple sharp comments. I always love to hear your voice. :D

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      Robert E Smith 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Amazing story. God is so good to grant such talents to to people. I was so enthralled with the art from someone so young. Great hub Jim.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      no body— I'm glad you thought so, and I am gratified that you enjoyed this Hub. No doubt, Gustave Dore was unusually gifted. Thanks Bob for coming by and leaving the good words.

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      lctodd1947 5 years ago from USA

      Amazing information and you are still at it, aren't you? History at it's best.

      AND, just for the record, all that glitters is not gold. Actually I let myself get stuck on something that just doesn't seem to be me. Haven't fully decided but without a revelation from God????? In fact, I experienced some doubt about SUCCESS. Frozen was the word; there have been no words, no articles and a little bit of feeling sorry for myself. NOT ME AT ALL!!!

      I am back, I think...have learned some new ways to approach keywords and hopefully more success. I am only 5.5 months away from the 2 year mark myself and the initial 16 months of writing saved my life and kept me busy after moving to the Country to live full time. Had to adjust to not being productive and busy and the writing helped me do that. BUT, I am also a chance taker, a thinker and a person who believes that it is always a possibility for anything we choose to do and have to explore new ways to make things work.

      You have been successful here and as I have mentioned before, the very first person to comment on my hubs...we always appreciate encouragement from others. You are great at it. Thanks and keep up the good work..Oh, and I pray God to bless your Book.

      Your Christian articles are always excellent.

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      NancyRi 5 years ago from Delray Beach, FL

      The detail in his engravings is amazing!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      James A Watkins, Marvelous Presentation! Fascinating, chronology of Gustave Dore! No doubt he was a genius! What talent and brilliance he exuded at such an early age as a renown known artist! However his life on this side of heaven was short lived; he passed away at such an early age. I see a glimpse at his faith through his marvelous works...

      What an excellent repertoire of his work you have presented! He had a spectacular flare for intricate detail and his subject matter goes the gamut! Amazing! I so enjoyed this! Thank you for sharing another noteworthy presentation. No doubt he was one of the most gifted and endowed artist to grace this earth! Wonderful lesson Professor! You certainly give us all a wonderful array of topics to enjoy! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Ictodd1947— Thank you for taking the time to review my Hub about the fabulous artist Gustave Dore. I very much appreciate your laudatory remarks. I am also grateful that you offered your blessings for my book. I think I might publish two books before the year is out. I am working on four altogether.

      As far as Keywords go, I use freekeywords.wordtracker.com to select my keywords after my articles are written.

      I enjoyed your gracious comments here. Thanks again, my dear. And I will pray that God will guide your steps.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      nancyRi— Thank you for taking the time to review my Hub. I surely agree with your comment. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      DeBorrah K. Ogans— My favorite Hubber! Welcome! It is always a singular pleasure to have you visit.

      Thank you for the accolades about my Hub. I agree with you that Gustave Dore was a brilliant, talented genius, and a man of great faith.

      Yes, his attention to detail is most astounding indeed. I very much appreciate your insightful, thoughtful comments. And you are quite welcome. God Bless You!

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      MrHunter 5 years ago from Highway 24

      I've been away, but apparently you haven't. A FB "Like" for the pacing, and appreciation for the additional posted artwork of a guy I haven't heard of.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      caps— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      MrHunter— It is good to hear from you again. I am glad you appreciate this Hub. Good to see you. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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      shahneela ch 5 years ago

      what a beautiful work,,, amazingggggggggg,,, superbbbbb

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      shahneela h— Thank you. Thank you very much. :-)

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      shahneela ch 5 years ago

      hi sir james,,i m from pakistan, m greatly impressed by ur hub, plz can u give me some description about the painting 'orlando furioso', in this painting is a person with wings sitting on horse showing an Angel who hv come to protect the lady from animal spirit of males? are serpents showing the brutal nature of man? actually i have a keen interest in painting n also do a little , after seeing this painting i hav a curiousity in my mind , if u give me some description i ll be thankful to u.. GOD BLESS U

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      sharneela ch— Hello! Welcome to my new friend from Pakistan. It is good to hear from you. I am glad you found my Hubs.

      "Orlando Furioso" means "Crazy Orlando." It is a long poem written 500 years ago by an Italian. The action takes place against the background of the war between, on the one side, Charlemagne and his Christian paladins, and, on the other side, the Saracen army which is attempting to invade Europe. The poem wanders at will from Japan to the Hebrides, as well as including many fantastical and magical elements, such as a trip to the moon and an array of fantastical creatures including a gigantic sea monster called the orc and the hippogriff.

      Gustave Dore illustrated a later book of this epic and this scene involves a princess chained to a rock as a sacrifice to sea monster and a prince who rescues her.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      James,

      I always love your hubs because our taste in art is very similar - someday I will have to do a hub of art in my home - just unpacked the Jesus painting - tiny one owned by my Mother.

      This artist is where we depart.

      I just linked back to you for one my blogs - even this one!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      GmaGoldie— Thank you so much for the link to your blog. I am honored!

      I will look forward to viewing your art hub when you get it done. Let me know when you do.

      I'd like to see the tiny Jesus painting you inherited from your mother.

      Thank you ever much for visiting. I appreciate your warm words.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Fontana, WI

      James,

      Exquisite!

      The history, the art is everlasting. Absolutely magnificent!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      4FoodSafety— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

      I appreciate the visit and your awesome accolades.

      James

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for this hub! I devoured it--which must mean that I am feeling a little art starved--What a talented man!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article James and the drawings are awesome. I had never heard of this individual before, so thanks for introducing him to me.

      Take care and voted up

      John

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      AudreyHowitt— You are quite welcome! I am well pleased at your response to this Hub. I very much appreciate the visit and your gracious remarks. :-)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      John Sarkis-- Thank you for the kind compliments , my friend. I appreciate the voted up and I am glad you enjoyed being introduced to this great artist.

      It is always a distinct pleasure to hear from you, John. I am grateful for your ongoing encouragement of my work.

      James

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      Alexander Gibb 4 years ago from UK

      This is a wonderful Hub and I have learned a lot from it.

      I regularly include Dore's amazing illustrations in my Hubs.

      Thank you.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      searchinsany--- You are quite welcome. I am really glad to see that you have come over to check out my Hub on Gustave Dore. I love his artwork!

      Thank you very much for the gracious and kind compliments.

      Merry Christmas!

      james :)

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Incredible works! I have to admit I wasn't very familiar with him prior to this and have enjoyed getting to know his artwork! Great hub

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      Dave McClure 3 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      A lot of these are familiar, but it's good to see them all presented together. Incredible talent.

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