The drawing “Don Quijote y Sancho” was made on August 10, 1955 and was published on August 18th in the 581st edition of Les Lettres Francaises to celebrate the 350th anniversary of “Don Quijote de la Mancha”, and that the drawing was done at the request of Pierre Daix who was a manager for the magazine.
According to Fundación Picasso Málaga, which is a site containing explanations of particular issues, produced by the Picasso Foundation in order to provide extra information, apart from what is known from the Picassian chronology...
The drawing was made on August 10, 1955. Picasso was at his residence in La Californie (Cannes), where he received the visit of his friend and biographer Pierre Daix who mentioned to Picasso that the weekly Les Lettres Françaises wanted to reproduce one of his pieces in recognition of the 350th anniversary of “Don Quijote de la Mancha”. The outcome of this conversation was Don Quijote y Sancho which was published on the 18th of August, in the 581st edition of Les Lettres.
However, this information contradicts testimony given by Pierre Daix to the pilot in the 1980's. Pierre Daix.
- The simple line drawing done in minutes by Picasso, is evidence of the talent of the painter. http://redmolinos.com
- Don Quixote is a 1955 sketch by Pablo Picasso of the Spanish literary hero and his sidekick, Sancho Panza. It was featured on 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote_(Picasso)
- Subsequently, a special printing in offset – which Picasso demanded in order to improve circulation –was available for sale in Vincennes on the Les Lettres Françaises stand, on the 4 th of September during the “Fête de la Humanité” ( Humanity Cellebration) ceremony, as well as in “Six heures du livre” (Six hours of lecture) which was organized by the National Board of Writers of the French Communist Party... Reproductions were available in various formats and in 1961 the drawing was used as a poster for the first time for the Picasso. Lithograhies. Estampes. Reproductions. Festival which took place from November 19th, 1960 to January 14th, 1961 at the Librairie Saint-Germain and L’Art et la Paix in Paris. The original piece is said to be currently situated in the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Dénis, near Paris.