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DORÉ, Gustave.
Autograph letter signed, to a London art critic,
1878. Single sheet of notepaper watermarked "Freres" (204 x 260 mm), sometime folded for mailing. Slight creasing from handling, otherwise near-fine. An interesting autograph letter signed (G. Doré), in French, approximately 80 words on 17 lines, dated 24 June 1878. The previous year, Doré had illustrated Ludovico Ariosto's influential poem Orlando Furioso, published in London by Hachette and Co. In 1878, he produced several landscapes, including Landscape in Scotland, exhibited his woodcut entitled Ganymede at the Cercle de l'Union Artistique, and showed sculptures at the Paris Salon. The Daily Telegraph, commenting on his works at the Salon, observed, "It is not often that many-sided genius is so quickly appreciated by the jealous world of art," (Conder, The Doré Gallery: Descriptive Catalogue of the Pictures by M. Gustave Doré on View at 35 New Bond Street, London). The same month, Doré gained notice at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, for a plaster cast of his eleven-foot vase, "Poem of the Vine". Although the vase was the subject of much comment and admiration, the sculptor received no awards for it. "There was a great deal of comment on this lack of appreciation evinced by the French for their fellow-countryman, especially as 'La Nuit,' another of Doré's superb creations, occupied a place in one of the interior galleries of the Champs de Mars buildings... It is a curious fact that nowadays most people are of opinion that Doré received a great many medals and was usually one of the most distinguished contributors to the Paris Salon. As a matter of fact, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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