Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) was a French printmaker who created dramatic, black and white images of a menacing, nightmarish purgatory. Doré's artistic genius emerged when he was 5. By age 16, he was France’s highest-paid illustrator. Doré is best known for his highly detailed, wood-engraved illustrations of “Inferno,” “Don Quixote,” “The Raven” and the Bible. Producing 10,000 engravings in his lifetime, Doré employed over 40 block cutters. Still the world’s most popular illustrator, Doré strongly inspired Van Gogh and the Symbolists.
' Orlando Furioso ' by Ludovico Ariosto, illustrator Gustave Doré (1832-1883) Rodomonte and Mandricardo. Canto Ventesimoquarto : Stanza 100. (Twenty fourth song: Stanza 100). Stanza reads: 'Of those two infidels, unmatched in worth,The valiant heart and strength, which thus exceed,To such a warfare and such blows give birth...When the swords cross; and to the stroke succeedQuick sparks; or rather, flashing to the sky,Bright flames by thousands and by thousands fly.'LA: Italian poet 8 September 1474 – 6 July 1533.
This giclée print offers beautiful color accuracy. Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed onto the paper’s surface creating natural color transitions. The high-quality paper (235 gsm) is a great option for framing with its smooth, acid free surface.