French illustrator, painter, and sculptor. A creative artist who started out as a caricaturist, Dore created many sculptures and large religious and historical paintings; however it was his prints and engravings that created his reputation. His masterpieces are is his illustration of the Old Testament and his realistic rendering of the slums of London. Dore influenced Van Gogh, the Symbolists and the Surrealists.
Gustave Dore -
La Sainte Bible: Cain and Abel offering their sacrifices
To the right, in the foreground, Cain pondering observes the smoke of his offering dissipating onto the ground, while to the left, in the dimly lit background, Abel watches the smoke of his offering rising heavenward