Friday, September 8, 2017

ART inspired by BOOKS






















Pablo PICASSO’s 1955 
India ink sketch of 
DON QUIXOTE and Sancho Panza
in the August 18–24 issue of the 
French weekly journal Les Lettres Françaises 
in celebration of the 350th anniversary 
of the first part of Cervantes’s 
DON QUIXOTE.


 

 (Cover art by Gustave Doré)

Miguel CERVANTES, perhaps the only 
writer ever captured by pirates, 
wrote the epic novel
(EL INGENIOSO HIDALGO DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA).
Part I published 1605 - Part II 1615, it
is considered the most influential work
of literature in the entire Spanish canon
and has spawned the adjective “quixotic”
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British artist Sir John EVERETT Millais 
painted OPHELIA singing before she drowns. 
Oil on canvas 1851- 1852. 
Inspired by Shakespeare’s play, HAMLET. 


 

William SHAKESPEARE’s

 PRINCE OF DENMARK,

written between 1599 and 1602 and
derived from the legend of Amleth.
It is his longest and most influential 
work; who among us has not asked
at some point in our life
“Etre ou ne pas être?”
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Salvador DALI’s 
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 
was based on 
Lewis Carroll’s 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND. 
One of twelve heliogravures, 
one for each chapter of the
book published by 
Maecenas Press - 
Random House, 
New York in 1969.





In 1862 Charles Dodgson, an Oxford
mathematician with a stammer,
created a story about a little girl
tumbling down a rabbit hole 
under the pen name Lewis Carroll:
Insipid Alice is a bit of a bore but
who doesn’t love the Mad Hatter,
the Queen of Hearts,
the Cheshire cat?
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art, books, painting, picasso, cervantes, Carroll, Dali, Shakespeare

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