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Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - Attaque des moulins

Salvador Dali Don Quichotte - Attaque des moulins, 1957

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Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - Attaque des moulins
  • Offered by the gallery

    Galerie Dali Paris
    Paris - France

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Plate signed

  • Medium

    Print : lithography, etching

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 233 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    26 x 16.1 x 0.1 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    In 1957, the eminent publisher Joseph Foret came to Salvador Dali with an impressive load of lithographic stones and the idea of creating an extraordinary set of illustrations of the famous book by Miguel Cervantes ‘Don Quichotte’. Dali used an unusual technique, which gained popularity after the book was published. Instead of pencil and paint, Dali used an air gun packed with ink. The gun shot right at the plain lithographic stone giving the basis for Dali’s inspiration. Faithful to his habits, Dalí approached this technique experimentally. For his own ‘Don Quichotte’ he did not hesitate even to dip snails in the color so that they leave traces on the stone. Therefore, the works were created spontaneously, the incipit was given by chance.

    Salvador Dalí expressed his surrealist vision of universal poetic and literary themes through his vast repertoire of images, characters, and allegories. In his characters Dalí revealed himself as an indisputable master of graphic arts, always renewing his technique, his drawings, and his colors.

    Dali fills two emptied rhinoceros horns with breadcrumbs soaked in the ink, then invoking the memory of William Tell, one of his favorite heroes, he projects on the stone with his eyes closed to use all chances, which would become the exploded wings of a mill.

    Reference: “The Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali” by Albert Field.
    Ref.57-1- G, pages 123-125. Published by The Salvador Dali Archives.

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Salvador Dali

Born in: 1904 Spain

Famous artist


Salvador Dalí, in full Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech (born May 11, 1904, Figueras, Spain - died January 23, 1989, Figueras), Spanish surrealist painter  and printmaker, influential for his explorations of subconscious imagery.

As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí assimilated a vast number of artistic styles and displayed unusual technical facility as a painter. It was not until the late 1920s, however, that two events brought about the development of his mature artistic style: his discovery of Sigmund Freud's writings on the erotic significance of subconscious imagery and his affiliation with the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to establish the “greater reality" of the human subconscious over reason. To bring up images from his subconscious mind, Dalí began to induce hallucinatory states in himself by a process he described as “paranoiac critical." 

Once Dalí hit on that method, his painting style matured with extraordinary rapidity, also thanks to René Magritte and Joan Miró and from 1929 to 1937 he produced the paintings which made him the world's best-known Surrealist artist. He depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed, deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational fashion.

With the Spanish director Luis Buñuel, Dalí made two Surrealistic films—Un Chien andalou (1928; An Andalusian Dog) and L'Âge d'or (1930; The Golden Age)—that are similarly filled with grotesque but highly suggestive images.

In the late 1930s Dalí switched to painting in a more-academic style under the influence of the Renaissance painter Raphael, and, as a consequence, he was expelled from the Surrealist movement. Thereafter he spent much of his time designing theatre sets, interiors of fashionable shops, and jewelry as well as exhibiting his genius for flamboyant self-promotional stunts in the United States, where he lived from 1940 to 1955.

In the period from 1950 to 1970, Dalí painted many works with religious themes, though he continued to explore erotic subjects, to represent childhood memories, and to use themes centring on his wife, Gala. Notwithstanding their technical accomplishments, those later paintings are not as highly regarded as the artist's earlier works. The most interesting and revealing of Dalí's books is The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942-44).

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Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - Attaque des moulins
Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - Attaque des moulins