Picasso's first rendering of "Don Quixote" was done as a 1955 sketch that depicted the Spanish literary hero and his sidekick, Sancho Panza. It was featured in he August 18-24 issue of the French weekly journal Les Lettres Francaises in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the first part of Cervantes's Don Quixote. Made on August 10, 1955, the drawing Don Quixote was in a very different style than Picasso's earlier Blue, Rose, and Cubist periods. It was made into a lithograph and printed as an edition, and soon became one of his most recognized images.
Title: Don Quixote
Year: 2nd Edition; After a drawing done in 1955
Image size: 26” X 20”
Signature: Printed signature and date, numbered in pencil