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#TravelTuesday - Dream with Doré

On this #TravelTuesday, we're dreaming of beautiful landscapes and peaceful scenes...

Let your mind travel - view this stunning Gustave Doré work in person in the Art Gallery's of Nova Scotia's Laufer Gallery.  

A renowned illustrator, Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was also a painter, watercolourist, printmakerand sculptor and is celebrated as a founding father of comic book art and an inspiration to great filmmakers.

All of his life, Doré had a passion for mountain ranges and rugged landscapes, from the massif of his native Vosges to the Alpine summits visited in his youth, and from the barren crags of the Scottish Highlands to the precipitous peaks of the Pyrenees where he traveled as an adult. It is believed that the imposing gilt frame seen here - restored especially for the 2014 Gustave Doré : Master of Imagination exhibition (organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d'Orsay) - accompanied the painting when it was first sold. Its neoclassical revival style was much favoured during the second half of the nineteeth century.

Image Credit: 
Gustave Doré, Strasbourg, Landscape with the Pyrenees c 1860, Oil on canvas, 95.3 x 179.5 cm. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. S. T. Laufer, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
1991.