Art Across the Ages, A Selection of Treasured Works


The Quest

Square format, etching number bottom left corner 287.300. From "History of Don Quixote Suite" which contains 15 tiles.

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The subject of Salvador Dali’s print is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century novel, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. The print was signed by the artist, whose signature appears under the mat.

Dali was the best-known proponent of representational Surrealism in painting. In this print, however, Dali’s use of geometric shapes, particularly in the drawing of the horse and its nude rider, seem to pay homage to Picasso and Cubism.

Art Across the Ages exhibition 2017 - UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire

Text panel: Salvador Dali, who was born in Figueras, Spain, is well recognized as a proponent of Surrealism. In addition to his paintings, he was involved in sculpture, illustration, film making, writing, and other art forms. Dali's antics as a publicity-seeking showman often generated controversy. There are museums particularly focused on Dali's art in Figueras, Spain, and Saint Petersburg, Florida. The subject of Dali's print in based on Miguel de Cervantes' 17th-century novel, The Ingenious Gentlemen Don Quixote of La Mancha. Although Dali is best known for his representational Surrealist style, his use of geometric shapes in this print (particularly in the drawing of the horse and its nude rider) perhaps reveals references to Picasso and Cubism.