Mountain Torrent in the Highlands (Highland Trout Stream), A
Though this landscape shows Dores ability to paint in the expressive mode of the French Barbizon artists who remained popular and had gained key positions on the jury of the Paris Salon in the mid-19th century, he became far better known for his more imaginative engravings based on popular works of literature, including Dantes Inferno, Don Quixote, and Paradise Lost. The Norton has a large Dore collection which includes more than 30 books illustrated by him. The son of an engineer, he was only fifteen and largely self-taught when he began a career in Paris with drawings that were both groundbreaking and popular. By age 20, he had also begun to paint, creating the occasional landscape like this one, but chiefly choosing to produce large canvases with Biblical subjects. While French critics were less than kind, his paintings were extremely popular in England where he had set up his own gallery. He also produced several sculptures, the last of which, a monument to Alexandre Dumas, he produced at his own expense and donated to the city of Paris. Who knows what he might have accomplished had he not died when only 51.