Golden Gate Park – Poeme de la Vigne

 Posted by on February 21, 2012
Feb 212012
Golden Gate Park
Music Concourse
Poeme de la Vigne by Gustave Doré
Cast in Bronze 1882

This piece sits outside the deYoung Museum and the plaque attached reads: Gustave Doré created this vase for French winemakers, who exhibited it at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair. It represents an allegory of the annual wine vintage, taking the shape of a colossal wine vessel decorated with figures associated with the rites of Bacchus (the Roman god of wine). The revelers include cupids, satyrs and bacchantes, who protect the grape vines from pests. The foundry shipped this bronze version of the vase to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and then to San Francisco for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. M.H. deYoung purchased the vase at the fair’s end and later donated it to the de Young Museum.

Paul Gustave Doré was an Alsacian artist who specialized in book illustrations. Born in Strasbourg, France, on January 6, 1832, he began his artistic career in Paris when he was only 15 years old. His drawings and illustrations were groundbreaking and very popular, although he never won the acclaim of the artistic elite in France. In his later years, he spent much time in London, where he also opened a very popular gallery. He died on January 23, 1883, at the age of 51.

Doré is probably most famous for his depictions of numerous scenes from the Bible, but he also produced illustrations for many other books, including Milton, Dante, La Fontaine, Don Quixote and one of my favorites Baron Munchhausen.

  6 Responses to “Golden Gate Park – Poeme de la Vigne”

  1. This is truly magnificent!
    Such an amazing amount of detail.

  2. I love it!! The details are incredible.

  3. This is absolutely stunning! I don’t know what else to say, it takes my breath away. Well, I guess I could say it doesn’t look at all like my grandma’s silver service!

  4. Wow — I love this! So beautiful! I’m glad it found a home in San Francisco.

  5. What details in this piece. It is truly is amazing.

  6. A stunning piece, sumptuous in both content and execution. Was this cast as one piece? Hardly seems possible.