To highlight its current exhibition ‘Gustave Doré, the Power of the Imagination,’ the Musée d’Orsay has planned an entertaining showcase of movies and concerts that reveal just how much of an influence the illustrator Gustave Doré has had on fairy tale and literature imagery.
The museum’s exhibition on Doré lasts from February 18 until May 11, 2014. Plus, from February 25 until March 23, a selection of films will be shown in the central sculpture alley of the museum. Starting with the Ten Commandments and ending with Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, the film series will show how images created by Doré to illustrate classic books have been used time and time again in films since the beginning of cinema.
Going all the way back to 1905 right up until present day, filmmakers have been borrowing motifs and visuals from Doré’s distinctively haunting yet beautiful style. In this way, even those who are not familiar with Doré’s art can be introduced to his visual style in a fun way.
For music lovers, a series of Doré-themed classical music and vocal concerts have also been scheduled from February 13 until June 5. These concerts highlight the importance of themes from literature and fairy tales in the composition of music in the 19th century. As such, many of the books illustrated by Doré also served as inspiration to the composers of the time. Concerts take place in the museum’s auditorium on the building’s lower levels.
Therefore, guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg should not hesitate to visit the Musée d’Orsay to see the Doré film series, concert series and corresponding exhibition.