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Don Quixote
oil on canvas
111.0 × 156.0 cm
inscribed in black paint l.l.: 1893 adrien Demont
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1893
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Exhibited Salon, Paris, 1893, no. 551; from where purchased, by John Longstaff, for the NGV, 1893.

Exhibited: Salon, Paris, 1893, no. 551.

In nineteenth-century France the reading of popular fiction was thought to carry particular risks. The perils of falling prey to romantic delusions were hilariously illustrated by ‘Don Quixote de la Mancha’, the anti-hero of Miguel de Cervantes’ 1615 novel. Enraptured by stories of knights Don Quixote decides to abandon his role as a country gentleman to embark on a life of adventure. Demont here reinforces Quixote’s delusional state by painting a virtual cavalry in the clouds, a vision Quixote shares with the viewer, but perhaps not his squire Sancho Panza, and his horse who quietly grazes undisturbed by the charging forces above.


Unknown - 19th century

timber, composition, gold leaf