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  • Gorge

    Artist:
    Doré, Gustave. 1832-1883
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    109x169,5 cm

Doré, Gustave. 1832-1883

Gorge

France, 1878

Doré is best known today for his book illustrations, but he himself was most committed to his work as a painter. In 1873-74 he visited Scotland, which inspired him to produce a number of landscapes, including this depiction of a steep gorge. This is a typical example of late Romanticism, a grandiose panoramic mountain landscape, its vast scale indicated by the tiny trees and animals on the slopes. Amazed by the austere beauty and majesty of the northern landscape, Doré captured this wild, uninhabited region, full of danger for man. He introduced that note of disturbance by filling the sky with gloomy, huddled clouds, wrapped around the top of the hill. The many layers of the mountain relief are emphasized by the splashing river which winds its way between the boulders and the alternation of illuminated and shaded areas of the earth. The solid treatment of forms in the foreground and the soft outline of the mountain tops on the horizon reinforce the effect of spatial depth. The colour scheme is built up of a harmonious combination of olive-green, yellowish-brown and greyish-blue tones.

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Gorge

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oil

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109x169,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1920; handed over by the Department of Preservation of Works of Art and Antiquities, Petrograd

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-4913

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