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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486243001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486243009
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"His Don Quixote … from its first to its last page [is] a marvel of imagination, poetry, sentiment, and sarcasm. . . . People still speak of it only as 'Doré's Don Quixote'."—Life and Reminiscences of Gustave Doré
Doré himself had something of Quixote's chivalry and spent an arduous life drafting impossible dreams; he knew fame as well as pain, disillusionment, and failure. At age 30 he was ready for Quixote and prepared to realize his dream of illustrating the world's great books.
Doré never became the painter he yearned to be, but he came very close to realizing his desired intimacy with the classics. His sympathy with Cervantes' satire was so close that, of the numerous Quixote interpretations by many outstanding artists, Doré's has become the standard. The French translation of Cervantes that Doré illustrated is forgotten; here is the memorable remnant of that work—all 120 full-page plates, plus a selection of 70 characteristic headpiece and tailpiece vignettes.
As can be seen in the backgrounds, Doré was ready professionally as well as emotionally for Quixote. He had traveled through Spain preparing an earlier work, and his graphic memory was as strong and indelible as that of another great Quixote interpreter, Picasso. From Sancho's village through Spanish hills and dry plateaus, in the Pyrenees and by the sea, in rural castles and Barcelona luxury, Doré illuminated the seventeenth-century setting with a nineteenth-century acquaintance with the scene. Doré was also a careful student of Renaissance costume and architecture; his minutiae, so copious, are invariably correct.
Captions written especially for this edition describe the action with reference to the original Spanish text, capturing high points of the story. But of course Doré conveys it all in a picture: the famous windmill charge, traversing the Sierra Morena, battling the Knight of the White Moon, visions of giants, dragons, flaming lakes, and damsels, the Dulcinea never found, all in full-page wood engravings. Doré's marvelous penchant for ghostly effects in panoramic landscapes and seascapes finds large scope here, carefully engraved by one of the best of his longtime studio engravers, H. Pisano.
Doré's Man of la Mancha glows with the artist's own enchantment and humor. Artists and illustration aficionados will add this royalty-free volume to other Dover editions of Doré's works—art he created to stand with great literature that now stands alone. Doré's Quixote indeed stands alone, unique among the knights and graphic castles in Spain.
Dover (1982) original publication of selections from L'ingenieux hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manche par Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, published by L. Hachette et Cie, Paris, 1869.

About the Author

French illustrator Gustave Doré (1833-83) began his prolific career at the age of 15, and his dramatic engravings have exercised an incalculable influence over latter-day artists. The remarkable scope of his work ranges from Milton, Dante, and the Bible to Rabelais, Shakespeare, and street scenes of 19th-century London.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2004
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Gustave Doré was a frustrated painter. Forced by circumstance to produce illustration illustrations for a number of literary works, he primarily longed for fame and success as a painter. But while shooting for fame as a painter, he inadvertently achieved immortality as arguably the greatest illustrator in history.
Most illustrators of the classics fall far short of the efforts of the works they are asked to illustrate, but Doré almost always managed to eerily echo visually the genius of the original authors. After reading the first half of DON QUIXOTE, I discovered this Dover collection of Doré's illustrations of the work, and I found them to be completely stunning. Doré had a genius for precisely visualizing events in the novel and transferring them precisely into his illustrations. No scene is too much of a challenge to him. The famous moment when Don Quixote attacks the windmills, mistaking them as giants, is depicted brilliantly by Doré. Every famous scene and many less famous scenes are all depicted, and I can honestly say that not once does Doré disappoint me in his imaging of how the scene occurred. One can, if one wants, make minor quibbles with Doré, such as his drawing Quixote wearing the wash basin helmet even in section later in the novel where he is said to have worn a sallet helmet. But this truly would be mere quibbling, for throughout Doré perfectly captures the spirit of DON QUIXOTE.
I'm convinced that this collection of illustrations is not nearly as well known as it deserves to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James G. Bruen Jr. on May 26, 2014
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Dore's Illustrations for Don Quixote are a valuable complement to Cervantes's book. They capture the earthiness, whimsy, and spirit of the novel. And his depiction of the emaciated Quixote is deeply ingrained in our culture, such that those who have never seen these illustrations visualize Quixote as Dore drew him. In my opinion, though, these illustrations are inferior to Dore's illustrations of Dante's Divine Comedy or of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner or of The Idylls of the King.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gina on December 15, 2010
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I ordered Dore's Illustrations for Don Quixote, because I am a university professor who covers Don Quixote in one of my courses. I wanted some spectacular pictures to include in the visual side of my presentation. I am very satisfied, because I believe that Dore is able to render the essence of Cervante's words. One of the things which I emphasize in the course is that great works of literature engender other art forms.
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By Felisha Mariscal on January 4, 2015
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Nice coffee book table size book. Not the sharpest images but still worth it if you like the novella
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