Don Quixote: A Look Inside 40 at 40

Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989); Don Quixote, ca. 1964; Etching on paper from an edition of 79 of 125; Gift of Ernst Bever; 2017.10.6

Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) was an prominent surrealist artist, gaining popularity and fame for both his quirkiness and odd tendencies. These characteristics rang true through his day to day life and appeared in the fore of his artwork. Dali expressed his unique and unconfined personality by producing works in all mediums, including painting, sculpture, and drawing.

Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989); Don Quixote, ca. 1964; Etching on paper from an edition of 79 of 125; Gift of Ernst Bever; 2017.10.6

With his passion for art, Dali also shared a passion for literature. Many of his works were inspired by a variety of literature that he enjoyed reading, including Don Quixote, a Spanish novel considered to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. Don Quixote is about a man who loves love stories so much that he becomes a knight himself. The book travels through his journey to find the love he has read about.

This etching on paper, from circa 1964, depicts a knight in shining armor riding his noble steed. In drawing from the lively narrative, Dali uses quick and loose gestures to convey the same sense of adventure found throughout the book. This work specifically is the 79th edition of 125 and is one of several compositions Dali completed each conveying a similar subject matter. To see Don Quixote on display, visit the Miami University Art Museum between now and June 8 to see 40 at 40: Celebrating 40 Years!