Gustave Doré

French, 1832-1883 Biography

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 Musée 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.

Exhibitions:
Gustave Doré: Master of Imagination, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Museums/Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, New York
The British Museum, London, England
Musée Goupil, Paris, France
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Museum of London, England
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Museé Magnin, Dijon, France
The Royal Collection, London, England
Musée d’art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Seattle Arts Museum, Washington
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Milady's at Hyde-Park

Oil on canvas
84 ¾ x 40 ½ inches
91 ½ x 48 ¾ inches framed
Signed lower right: Gv Doré

Provenance:
The artist’s studio sale, Paris, 10-15 April 1885, no. 24 (as Myladies à Hyde Park)
Sale, Palais Galliera, Paris 23 June 1964, lot 76, (as Jeunes Femmes a la Promenade)
Private Collection, CA

Literature:
Louis Dézé, Gustave Doré: bibliographie et catalogue complet de l’oeuvre (Paris: M. Seheur, 1930)
Henri Leblanc, Catalogue de l’Oeuvre complet de Gustave Doré (Paris: Ch. Bosse Librairie, 1931): p. 535, no. 24 (as Miladys (sic) à Hyde-Park)