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Aberystwyth University
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Display artist/maker:

Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Dore

Born: 1832, France, Strasbourg   Died: 1883, France, Paris

Painter, illustrator, designer and sculptor. Largely self-taught, he studied at the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Louvre, and visited artists’ studios around France. First exhibited his paintings in 1850 and his sculptures in 1877 at the Salon, but both were badly received. However, he found success in the world of illustration, and throughout the 1850s, 60s and 70s made drawings for several celebrated works of literature, including Dante’s Divine Comedy (1861, 1868), Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866), and The Bible (1866). Many of these were reproduced in weekly magazines. His Bible illustrations earned him a major exhibition of his work in London in 1867, which led to the opening of the Dore Gallery in New Bond Street. He also made social realist woodcuts of seedy city life in Paris and London, an interest he shared with his contemporary James Whistler

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