|Le Petit Poucet|
The first thing you see when you enter the Doré galleries is a 3-ton bronze vase called The Vine, 4 metres high, covered with 3-D cherubs. The numerous putti are busy fighting off pests or pressing grapes: it's a symbolic sculpture. Against the far wall is another larger than life sculpture called La Gloire étouffant le génie (Fame stifling genius). Fame is not only stifling the limp and naked artist; she's also stabbing him. There's a similar depiction of Fate and Love round the corner, Fate wearing a grim look and about to snip at Love's lifeline with her big scissors. Doré didn't do things by halves and it seemed to me that he was more than a little disturbed in his mind. When his friend Nerval committed suicide, Doré drew a caricature of himself hanging on a gibbet.
|The Ancient Mariner in a storm|
|Fall of Lucifer|
I overheard someone comment, "He was one of those people who did everything."
|Le Grand Derby|