About Pablo Picasso Don Quixote (1955) – Ashtray
This ceramic ashtray features the Spanish-born artist Pablo Picasso Don Quixote and Sancho Panza sketch made in 1955 for the August 18-24th issue of the French Weekly Journal Les Lettres Françaises. The sketch was commisioned to Pablo Picasso as a celebration for the 250th Anniversary of the Spanish literary masterwork “El Ingenioso Hidalgo, Don Quijote de la Mancha” written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in 1605. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s significance for Spanish literature is often referred to that of William Shakespeare in the English language. Picasso Don Quixote sketch represents the literary Hero on his horse, Rocinante, and next to his squire Sancho Panza. On the background, Picasso rendered through scribbles and in a child-like manner bold lines representing the sun, and several windmills which relate to one of the most iconic scenes of the timeless Spanish literary work. Different from his widely known blue, rose and cubist periods, Picasso decides to render the figures against a plain white background, through a child-like representation which departs from accurate anatomical correctness.
- Dimensions: 4.72″ L x 3.75″ W x 1″ H (in)
- Weight: 5.4 oz (0.34 lbs)
- Material: Ceramic
- Original: Pablo Picasso, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (1955), Ink Sketch, French Weekly Journal Les Lettres Françaises, issue August 28-24, 1955.
- © Sucesión Pablo Picasso