The National Gallery is doing an excellent job of taking us back to the care free days of a summer childhood by hosting Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination from June 13-September 14, 2014. Some of you may be quibbling at this point with my use of childhood, but I maintain that most of the people who will visit the Doré show will in some way be brought back to their childhoods because of the universal influence his illustrations have had on children’s books and illustrations.
If you haven’t seen Doré’s work in its original form then the chances are you have seen his style used by someone else to less effect in a child’s book. While best known now as a powerful illustrator Doré was also a noted painter and sculptor. The exhibition consists of a hundred works ranging from prints to drawing to sculptures and paintings.