A prolific wood and steel engraver, artist, illustrator, and sculptor Gustave Doré created epic visions of angels, demons, history and human tragedy. The Paradise Lost illustrations and Dante's Divine Comedy have become so praised that many have become pop culture items in their own right. Doré's works are narrative and iconic, featuring dramatic use of contrast and no aversion to darker themes. His large compositions and intricately detailed etching fits well with the historically weighty projects Dore commonly took on. We have selected some of our favorite pieces from the Paradise Lost & Divine Comedy series.
The illustrations, drawings and paintings including The Divine Comedy, Poe's The Raven, and Paradise Lost all reflect Doré's overwhelming talent for detail and setting. Dore was a self-trained prodigy and became well known even in his teen years. As a highly active artist he created over 100,000 sketches in his lifetime splitting time between Paris and London.