PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE BELGIAN COLLECTION

Salvador Dalí
DON QUICHOTTE ET L'ÂGE ATOMIQUE
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE BELGIAN COLLECTION

Salvador Dalí
DON QUICHOTTE ET L'ÂGE ATOMIQUE
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Salvador Dalí
1904 - 1989
DON QUICHOTTE ET L'ÂGE ATOMIQUE
signed Dalí and dated 1957 (lower left)
watercolour, pen and ink, pencil and collage on paper laid down on canvas
41 by 32.5cm.
16 1/8 by 12 3/4 in.
Executed in 1957.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Nicolas & Olivier Descharnes.

Provenance

J. Rousseau, France

Private Collection, Belgium

Acquired by the present owner in 1972

Exhibited

Tokyo, Tokyo Prince Hotel Gallery; Nagoya, Nagoya Prefectural Museum of Art & Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Art Gallery, Salvador Dalí, 1964, no. 104

Catalogue Note

The iconic antihero of Spanish literature, Don Quixote has been a totemic figure for many generations of Spanish writers and artists. However, the fantastical nature of his story made him particularly important for the Surrealists. Dalí was known to have had a copy of the great novel on his bookshelves as a young man and the adventures of its protagonist are echoed in a number of his works. In Don Quichotte et l'âge atomique Dalí depicts one of the best-known episodes of the story in which the hapless knight challenges a windmill – which he believes to be a giant – to a duel. Dalí’s brilliantly imaginative treatment of this story updates it to the atomic age, with the sails of the windmill transformed into a visible explosion of energy. The collaged elements – both mechanomorphic and natural – are typical of Dalí’s idiosyncratic imagery and combine wonderfully with the distinctive hyper-realism of his drawing.

 

This original work was the basis for one of the lithographs used to illustrate Pages choisies de Don Quichotte de la manche by Joseph Forêt, published in 1957. This was Dalí’s first venture into lithography, although he had also worked on a set of illustrations of Don Quixote in 1946. Dalí appears to have been particularly enthusiastic about this project and was involved in a number of publicity stunts surrounding the process of producing the lithographs, including using a rhino horn dipped in ink to outline the sails of the mills.

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