Une Ascenssion du Mont Blanc, by Gustave Dore

Gustave Doré was one of the foremost French illustrators of his time, best known for his illustrations for the Fables of La Fontaine, Dante's Inferno and the Bible. He was a precursor in illustrated storytelling, who set new comic standards for his time. Born in Strasbourg, Paul Gustave Doré published his first illustrated story at the age of 15. He went to work as a book illustrator in Paris, where he illustrated works by Rabelais, Balzac and Dante. He also went to work for British publishers, illustrating the works of Lord Byron, the English Bible and Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Raven'.

comic art by Gustave Doré

A comics pioneer, he made books like 'Les Travaux d'Hercule' (1847), 'Trois Artistes incompris et mécontents' (1851), and 'Histoire Pittoresque de la Sainte Russie' (1854). From 1848 until 1856, he made caricatures and short comics in the Journal de Rire. In his stories, Doré multiplied his images and he sometimes didn't even use panels. He changed from one style to another in his pages if it supported the story. In the 1870s, Doré took up painting watercolor landscapes and sculpting. He died in Paris in 1883.

comic art by Gustave Doré

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