The Enchanter Merlin and the Fairy Vivien in the forest of Broceliande, from 'Vivien', poem by Alfred Tennyson (1809-92), published by Hachette in 1868 (engraving) (b/w photo), Dore, Gustave (1832-83) (after) / Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, Fra
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.