The last sombre dream dreamed - on Gustave Doré's 130th day of death in 2013

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night." (Edgar Allen Poe)

23 January 1883: Today, 130 years ago, illustrator and engraver Gustave Doré died in Paris at the age of 51.

Following the footsteps of Delacroix in concretizing the fantastic and dream-like picturesque, Doré gave utterance to the imagination of the 19th century's mindscape. Staggering between the limits of bourgeois salon's conceptions of the exotic as well as the metaphysic and artistic freedom, Doré condensed the works of Dante, Cervantes and Milton as well as Byron's, Coleridge's and Poe's into emblematic illustrations.

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