Gustave Doré was a painter primarily known for his illustrations of books, including a version of the Bible. He was a good friend of Nadar, who photographed Doré many times, even on his deathbed.

Doré appears here in the flush of newly earned celebrity, a jaunty young man in checked trousers and a scarf. His sweep of hair cascades across his head as if blown by the wind; his overcoat gapes open to reveal a leg poised to carry him forward, as though he has places to go and can only sit still for a moment. Although the chair in which he sits is clearly visible, he appears to hover unanchored above it. Nadar has captured the spontaneity and energy of a young artist on the rise.


  • Title: G[ustave] Doré
  • Creator: Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon]
  • Date: 1856 - 1858
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 cm (9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Salted paper print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XM.436.98
  • Inscription: (Recto, mount) inscribed in black ink, at upper right corner: "G. Doré"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture and Date: French, 1856 - 1858
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs

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