Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote in the “Candy Box” Book’, Robin Rile Fine Art

Dedicated, when translated into English: “For my friend Doctor Klein, Don Quixote genetics,” this handsome drawing reminds us that Dali was always keenly aware that the bond between his dermatologist and himself was rooted in their mutual interest in science. Mrs. Klein reports that her husband had many conversations with the artist about a full range of scientific matters, from genetics to religion to molecular science. Here Dali has drawn a gallant troubadour of a figure with that unmistakable swirl of the line Dali was noted for in many of his ink drawings. In his right hand, Don Quixote holds a circular shield, while in his left is a tall staff or lance, which at the same time is the “P” in “Pour” (“For” in English). A glimpse of mountainous landscape appears on the horizon. Dali’s first signature, at left, is created from the trailing off of the base of Don Quixote’s pedestal-like form, while the second Dali signature is big and bold, directly over the printed signature of this great book- DALI, edited/arranged by Max Gerard, 1968, which won Dali a book cover design award in France.

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About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain