Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883): Master of Imagination – Be amazed by the spectacular and familiar works that have inspired generations
|OTTAWA, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ – From now until September 14, nearly 100 striking works of art by Gustave Doré—one of the most extraordinary artists of the 19th century—are being showcased at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) for the North American exclusive exhibition Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883): Master of Imagination. These spectacular and familiar works, in which fantasy and reality overlap, have inspired generations. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective in thirty years devoted to this tremendous artist. For more information, visit the exhibition site.
A master of many genres
Gifted with remarkable inventiveness, this ardent and prolific artist captured the intensity of nature and created otherworldly realms of fantasy. This ingenuity led him to produce large-scale canvases and enormous Baroque sculptures, as well as insightful ink drawings and detailed engravings. Unswayed by new trends, Doré was guided principally by his own extraordinary imagination and has since become a fertile source of inspiration to many 20th- and 21st-century artists and filmmakers.
A brilliant artist, reinstated
An exhibition with seven themes
The exhibition is enriched with excerpts from some 20 films projected on three screens, produced by some of the world’s cinematic giants—from Georges Méliès, Jean Cocteau, Cecil B. DeMille to Jean-Jacques Annaud, and Roman Polanski —whose works were unquestionably influenced by Doré. Guests can also learn more about Doré by watching a 52-minute documentary produced by ARTE, showing in one of the exhibition rooms.
Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883): Master of Imagination brings together works from prestigious public and private collections, including the Musée d’Orsay, San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.