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Kaenel, Philippe: "Classics of Literature Illustrated. Gustave Doré and Rabelais." In: Literaturgeschichte und Bildmedien. Hrsg. v. Achim Hölter und Monika Schmitz-Emans. (Hermeia, 14.) Heidelberg: Synchron, 2015, S. 155–164.
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Keywords: Doré. Gustave, Frankreich, Illustration, Literatur, Rabelais. François, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Hölter, Kaenel, Schmitz-Emans
Publisher: Synchron (Heidelberg)
Collection: Literaturgeschichte und Bildmedien
Gustave Doré (1832–1883) is probably the most famous illustrator of his time. But he was also a brilliant watercolourist, a productive painter and astonishing sculptor. The impressive scope of his work is soon to be presented in retrospective exhibition in 2014 (Musée d’Orsay, Paris / National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa). The exhibition will of course devote a central chapter to the power of Doré’s literary imagination. The French artist had planned to illustrate most of the classics of literature and designed major texts such as the Bible, and works of Dante, Milton, Cervantes, Perrault, La Fontaine, the Ariosto, Balzac, Coleridge, Tennyson, Poe, etc. Rabelais’ work has a very special place in this ambitious program. Doré first illustrated Rabelais in 1854 before making his decision to produce large in-folios collecting the masterpieces of european literature. The first modest but utterly excentric rabelaisian publication, filled with phantasmagorical visions of the past was reworked almost twenty years later for the two spectacular volumes published by Garnier Frères in Paris (1873). The archives and documents relating to this enterprise (sketches, woodblocks, contract, posters, watercolours …) give an rich and exemplary insight on the history of literature and its relations to medias in the nineteenth century.
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