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A World of Illustration at the Musée d'Orsay

From 18 February 2014 to 11 May 2014

Spotlight on illustrator Gustave Doré

It has been over 30 years since the last art exhibition was dedicated to illustrator Gustave Doré. Therefore, the celebrated artist may not be very well known even among those who visit museums often. The Musée d'Orsay hopes to change that with its latest exhibit, entitled 'Gustave Doré: The Power of the Imagination.'


Running until May 11, 2014, the exhibit has been organized in the temporary exhibition space of the museum. In this space, illustrations, etchings and sculptures give visitors an overarching sense of Doré's life work.

Known primarily as a book illustrator, the artist showed impressive range, whether he was tackling the satire of La Fontaine's fables or the solemnity of the Bible. Active in the 19th century, Doré made a name for himself as the illustrator de rigueur for classic works of literature. However, the artist also worked on canvas as well as with sculpture, showing that his talent was a well-rounded one.

The exhibit at the Musée d'Orsay is equally well-rounded, presenting the various mediums that Doré worked with. In this way, visitors can see how Gustave Doré earned his reputation as the great-grandfather of the comic book and cemented his place in the annals of art history.