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May 06, 2016

FRIDAY Mid-Morning Open Thread [Y-not]

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Illustration by Gustave Dore

Some of my favorite works of art were inspired by the story of Don Quixote. The character's absurdity seems to provoke many artists to produce a figure that is both grotesque and sympathetic.

A few examples below:


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Picasso's interpretation


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Honore Daumier's interpretation. (A bit more about the artist here.)

I find myself particularly drawn to sculptures inspired by Don Quixote. I may have posted this one before:

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Cyrus Edwin Dallin,
Don Quixote de La Mancha: The Knight of the Windmill ( 1898 )

I love the setting of this one (that's a statue of Cervantes in the background):

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Sculptures by Lorenzo Coullaut Valera. Another view of it here.

This statue of Don Quixote in Cuba is interesting:

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Enlarged version here.

I didn't identify the location or artist of this last one, but I dig it:

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Full size rendering here.

Finally, if you have a couple of hours to spare, here's the Dutch National Ballet performing Don Quixote:


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