93. Toon Kelder

Toon Kelder
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (1945)
Signed and dated 45 lower left
Oil on canvas, 72.3 x 50.2 cm
– Auction Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, 12 September 2000, lot 1346
– Martin Seegers Kunstbemiddeling, Oegstgeest, 2000
– Private collection, the Netherlands
Don Quixote, the iconic character from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, has served as a profound inspiration in art, symbolising the enduring human pursuit of ideals and the clash between imagination and reality. In fact, Toon Kelder has portrayed the theme of Don Quixote oftentimes. Art critic Jos de Gruyter remarked upon this in 1936: “Don Quixote and his faithful companion are also brought onto the stage, both captured in the same half-light and within the same dreamlike atmosphere, a mood sometimes wavering between unrest and resignation, yet amidst all playful movement, never fiercely bitter or exuberant. This theme of the foolish knight as a towering phantom seated on his nervously white steed, in witty contrast to the plump Sancho and his kind-hearted donkey, seems to strongly captivate the painter himself, and we may assume that the preference indicated here is not without psychological significance. Indeed, no romantic can entirely escape this self-recognition!”
(See: Jos de Gruyter, “Toon Kelder,” in Elseviers Geïllustreerd Maandschrift 46 (91), Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1936, p. 308)

€ 600 - 1.000
€ 650