Monday, August 9, 2010

At the Bus Stop with Gustave Doré

Inspiration: Don Quixote, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Paradise Lost,
The Raven...

Gustave Doré
by Felix Nadar, Paris 1855-1859

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Gustave Doré. At first I thought he was Da Vinci, then Tolstoy, and then there was this guy I remember at the university who never bathed, sort of a Rasputin-looking character with long yellow teeth and bags under his eyes that were large enough and loose enough to hide a quarter. The first thing he said to me — Doré, not Rasputin — was that he could feel energy surging in the landscape, and that in the unfortunate absence of food, this energy was enough to sustain him for as long as a month, after which time the body in its profound wisdom set aside the petty contradictions of the universe and sought gainful employment. This meant setting up a small table on a street corner, or in a park under a nice shady tree if the weather was too warm, and offering his services as a portrait artist. Being such a prodigious talent, work was easy to come by. Word of his accomplishments rapidly spread, and it was soon discovered that Doré was great fun at parties. The women swooned, the men listened to him boast, journalists wrote about him, royalty courted him, he devoured enormous quantities of food and champagne, and then he awakened with a throbbing headache several days later in a ditch.

“At the Bus Stop with Gustave Doré” (opening paragraph)
From Songs and Letters, originally published May 5, 2005

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Janice said...

Let's see...we have a very talented illustrator from the 1800s with his dark but beautifully detailed illustrations, cell phones, bus stops drinking and lots of other interesting head is spinning as if I too have had to much to drink!!!

Alberto Oliver said...

Ahhh!! Dore, thanks for making it easier to understand and figure out how all those Univeres should have look like,,from Dante´s inferno to a village in La Mancha whose name i don´t care to recall..!! =)

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