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Imagination at Power
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Gustave Doré (1832-1883) is the imagination at power. Absorbed in religion, he enjoyed some success at the Salon of Paris in1865 thanks to a small painting, The Angel of Tobias. Produced shortly after the illustration of The Holy Bible, this canvas is the only one by Gustave Doré to have been acquired by the French state and now by the Unterlinden Museum. It was also one of his first religious works to be exhibited at the Salon. It exploits the orientalist taste then very fashionable, wins the favor of the public. Contemporary critics, from Théophile Gautier to Emile Zola, agree in recognizing the dramatic force of the artist's productions.
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