Born in Strasbourg and having lived in Paris, the Pyrenees, the Black Forest, Switzerland, and Spain, he moved to London in 1868 and founded the Doré Gallery there. The work of this very talented artist can be divided into three distinct stages. A self-taught draftsman by the age of ten, he is known as one of the greatest and most prolific book illustrators of the nineteenth century, and it is this area that dominated the first part of his artistic career. However, he also had a burning desire to succeed in other areas, and during the the late 1860s, he concentrated on becoming known as a painter. To this end he exhibited at the Salon in 1851 and opened the Doré Gallery in Bond Street, charging the public a shilling to view his paintings. The third and last stage of his career was sculpture; an art he embraced whole-hearedly and almost to the exclusion of all his other talents. (Fairy Folk in Fairy Land)
Nahum, Peter. Fairy Folk in Fairy Land. London: Peter Naham at Leicester Galleries, 1997.
Nahum, Peter, and Sally Burgess. Pre-Raphaelite-Symbolist-Visionary. London: Peter Nahum at Leicester Galleries.
Leblanc, Henri. Catalogue de l'Oeuvre complet de Gustave Doré. Paris: Charles Bosse Libraire: 1935.
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