AKA Paul Gustave Doré
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, France
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Book illustrator on steelplate
French artist, the son of a civil engineer, born at Strassburg on the 6th of January 1832. In 1848 he came to Paris and secured a three years' engagement on the Journal pour rire. His facility as a draughtsman was extraordinary, and among the books he illustrated in rapid succession were Honoré de Balzac's Contes drolatiques (1855), Dante's Inferno (1861), Don Quixote (1863), The Bible (1866), Paradise Lost (1866), and the works of François Rabelais (1873). He painted also many large and ambitious compositions of religious or historical character, and made some success as a sculptor, his statue of Alexandre Dumas père in Paris being perhaps his best known work in this line. But it is by his steelplate illustrations in the aforementioned works that he is best known, among the finest that have ever been produced. Doré died on the 25th of January 1883.
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