Salvador Dali, 1904-1989

Don Quichote. Don Quixote.

Circa 1970

Original drypoint with etching in black ink. 1970. Signed in pencil. Inscribed in pencil as 'E.A. (Epreuve d'Artiste - Artist's Proof). One of a few proofs in black ink prior to the edition of 300 (on various papers). Printed at the studio of J.Rigal. Published by De Francony, 1970. Provenance: The private collection of the Printer J. Rigal. Ref: Michler-Lopsinger - Dali Etchings no 451.

Extremely fine rich proof impression in black ink. On pale cream wove paper. Excellent fresh condition (never previously framed). Small 2 cm tear to the right margin, not affecting the image. Full margins. Sheet: 30 x 22ins. Plate: 20 1/4 x 15 3/4ins (515x400mm).

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Probably the most famous works from Dali's graphic oeuvre are his compositions on the theme of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, those legendary figures of Spanish history and literature. In his studies of the knight Dali's inimitable drawing style of whirling lines reached a particular peak of inspiration in which traditional illustration and dreamlike irreality are combined to create a characteristic surreal atmosphere. Dali drew images on the theme of Don Quixote on a number of occasions; the earliest version in etching dates from the 1960's. The version above was drawn in 1970, worked in pure drypoint. This impression comes from the archive collection of J.J.Rigal in whose studio the edition was printed, and its provenance can therefore be absolutely guaranteed. It is one of the few proof impressions printed in pure black ink.

 
 
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