Throughout his lifetime Gustave Doré was internationally acclaimed as an illustrator, which often eclipsed his significance as a fine artist; it was not until after his death that critics, collectors, and connoisseurs came to realize the importance of Doré the painter and sculptor. The retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, travelling from the Muse d’Orsay, titled “Gustave Doré: Master of Imagination” explores Doré’s oeuvre from sketches to monuments and takes particular interest in his paintings.
His paintings are influenced greatly by his illustrations, they are theatrical and dramatic; he often employed intense lighting on an isolated object to create a spectacle effect. His style of painting made him wildly popular in England.
Selected Museum Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée du Louvre, Paris; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; The British Museum, London; Musée Goupil, Paris; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of London; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Museé Magnin, Dijon; The Royal Collection, London; Musée d’art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Seattle Arts Museum; Phoenix Art Museum; Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janerio; Statens Msuem for Kunst, Copenhagen; Cleveland Museum of Art