Gustave Dore 1832-1883: Master of Imagination (Art Monograph) (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/6/10
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The diverse oeuvre of Gustave Doré—illustrations, paintings, sculpture—combines with biography and critical essays and attests to the artist’s enduring impact on contemporary culture. Proclaimed "the most illustrious of illustrators," Gustave Doré is best known for his engravings, which appeared in editions of the Bible, Dante’s Inferno, Poe’s The Raven, The Adventures of Don Quixote, and even in Hollywood, from King Kong to Seven. Yet the extent of his genius remains largely unknown. Here, along with his renowned illustrations, his paintings and sculptures are also examined, bringing to light the rich diversity of his talent. Using watercolor, vivid oil paint, or sculpture, he demonstrated mastery in a vast scope of media, and in treatments ranging from monumental historical tableaux to landscapes to modest compositions. His work transcended techniques and eras, covering an inexhaustible range of subjects from Europe to the United States to Russia and revealing his insatiable curiosity. This comprehensive monograph accompanies an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris from February 18–May 11 and at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa from June 12–September 14, 2014.
"In the outstanding illustrated and scholarly volume published with the show, and available in French and English, Gustave Doré: Master of Imagination, curator Kaenel shows the immense role Doré played as a “preacher-painter” whose works came to have enormous popular effect as aids to devotion, putting him in the company of great Christian artists such as Michelangelo, Dürer, and Rembrandt." -National Review商品の説明をすべて表示する
His published existence beyond the grave and the discount racks has been distinguished by at least one excellent French-language book, 'Gustave Dore: Un Peintre-ne', which, as suggested ironically by the title, was a retrospective of his painting career; his ambitions as a painter were frustrated by vaguely hostile critical responses and public indifference. The Somogy release makes a good case for Dore's talents as a painter being under-appreciated by the fickle French art-crowds, unimpressed with the illustrator's attempt to change hats in a post-revolution society that was still rigidly heirarchical, in many ways. A victim of typecasting. While his paintings were relatively mediocre compared to his accomplishments as an engraver, there are moments of brilliance to be found in his canvases as well, and even his weakest paintings are of interest biographically.
This new volume on Dore, published by Flammarion and written by 'Metal Hurlant' co-founder and French comics great Philippe Druillet, looks at both aspects of his artistic output. There is no doubt, however, that his legacy will be defined by his engravings. Only Albrecht Durer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Francisco De Goya and Max Klinger rival Dore as print-makers, and all four artists combined did not produce the number of engravings Dore did... by his own account a "mere 100 000 drawings by the age of 33".
This English translation is a typically beautiful over-sized hardcover from Flammarion, and at 330 pages is the most in-depth look at this important artist available, a serious retrospective rejecting the modern prejudice that illustrators are unworthy of consideration. His style and subject matter have a very broad appeal, and this book is recommended for anyone interested in art.