More than this, the Queen directed that several Doré pictures be purchased and placed in Windsor Castle. Of course, all Paris knew of Doré’s success in England. Paris laughed. “What did I tell you?” said Berand. And Paris reasoned that what England and America gushed over must necessarily be very bad. The directors of the Salon made excuses for not hanging his pictures.
In 1878, smarting under the continued jibes and jeers of artistic France, he modelled a statue which he entitled Glory. It represents a woman holding fast in affectionate embrace a beautiful youth, whose name we are informed is Genius. The woman has in one hand a laurel wreath; hidden in the leaves of this wreath is a dagger with which she is about to deal the victim a fatal blow.
But he shook his head.
When his mother died in 1881 it seemed to snap his last earthly tie. Of course he exaggerated the indifference there was towards him – he had many friends who loved him as a man and respected him as an artist.
But after the death of his mother he had nothing to live for, and thinking thus, he soon followed her.
He died in 1883, aged fifty years.
This article was taken from Little Journey to the Homes of Eminent Painters, by Elbert Hubbard, Published by Putnam’s Sons, New York and London, 1899. This book is freely available from archive.org.
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