Dali and Don

Dali created thirty-eight drawings and watercolors for the 1946 book.  Fittingly Dali’s “paranoiac-critical method” worked well with Quixote’s paranoia and delirium.  Dali said he was inspired to illustrate the book because he found the character of Don Quixote fascinating.  Whether this is because he saw himself or his artistic style in the imaginative and dreamy Quixote we can only speculate.  The sketch above is unique to Dali’s other drawings of Quixote.  Here he appears more of a shell of a man.  He is no longer the heroic knight inflated by creativity, but a defeated old man.  Both Quixote and his horse are half skeleton half flesh and blood.  It’s as if you are viewing them with x-ray vision, seeing the bones and ligaments that keep them together.  It’s also revealing Dali’s style.  His work could, to some, be viewed as incomplete.  There is no color and the outlines are not erased.  Quixote is exposed just as Dali is exposed.

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