Authors & Illustrators Born in January: Gustave Doré • January 6th, 1832

The Oceanides, (1869) Gustave Doré

Portrait of Gustave Doré, by Carolus-Duran

Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré was born in 1832 and died in 1883. He is best known for his engraved illustrations of classics by Cervantes, Milton, Dante, Balzac, Poe and Rabelais, and even more famously, the Bible. He also illustrated several books of fairy tales. He was a wood engraver, which is an extremely demanding medium, especially when being used for something as detailed as Doré’s art, as every line must be cut into a very hard wood, such as Boxwood, and in the reverse of what the final image is to be. The block is then inked and transferred, under pressure, to paper .

Red Riding Hood, wood engraving by Gustav Doré

Illustration for Cinderella, by Gustave Doré

The Eagle, wood engraving by Gustave Doré

In addition to his engraving, he was an accomplished painter, as these examples demonstrate.

The Fairies, oil painting by Gustave Doré

The Cow, oil painting by Gustave Doré