Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote Seated (Prestige-scale bronze)’, ca. 1972, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote Seated (Prestige-scale bronze)’, ca. 1972, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote Seated (Prestige-scale bronze)’, ca. 1972, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote Seated (Prestige-scale bronze)’, ca. 1972, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote Seated (Prestige-scale bronze)’, ca. 1972, Robin Rile Fine Art
Salvador Dalí, ‘Don Quixote Seated (Prestige-scale bronze)’, ca. 1972, Robin Rile Fine Art

Accompanied by original certification of authenticity from publisher as descended from Dali, 2049 Obra Contemporanea and accredited by the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueras, SPAIN. P.E. casts of the 71 x 37,5 x 31,5 cm edition are part of the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Art (California), and of the Lowe Art Museum of Miami.

Dali was fascinated by the character created by Cervantes. He painted the subject many times, and produced illustrations for this literary masterpiece for three editions in 1946, 1957 and 1964.
Dali felt like a Don Quixote himself, as he too, believed in the existence of his world of dreams. It is very possible that Don Quixote Seated represents Dali himself, as his arm reaches out and explains to us his paranoid-critical method that rests on his lap. About Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the artist himself commented, “Being a Spaniard, and a realist, Don Quixote had no need for an Aladdin’s lamp. Picking an acorn from an oak was enough for him to bring our Golden Age back to life”.

Signature: Signed and numbered in cast

Manufacturer: 2049 Obra Contemporanea as descended through Dali's publisher Isidro Clot

P.E. casts of the 71 x 37,5 x 31,5 cm edition are part of the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Art (California), and of the Lowe Art Museum of Miami.

Catalogue Raisonne "Le Dur et le Mou" by Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, pg. 173, Ref #439.

Private Collection, Spain.

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