Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote on Horseback’, 1980, Robin Rile Fine Art

By 1980, Dali was growing increasingly debilitated by a confluence of physical & psychological factors; his declining condition is evident in the quality of line in this drawing made on a sketchpad. It appears that, in the date at left, Dali originally wrote 1979, and then altered the 7 to become an 8. He then dated it again, to the right, 1980. The work, showing a Don Quixote figure on a horse, reveals a rather well handled rump and tail, while the horse’s head and legs suggest a weakened hand of the ailing master draftsman. It is inscribed, “A mon angel (to my angel) le doctor Klein,” & signed Dali.

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