José Ortega (1921 – 1990)

“Don Quixote” Espagne

Original vintage poster c. 1960

99 x 65 cm

Printed in Barcelona for the Publications de la Direccion General del Turismo.

Ortega’s poster is an abstract depiction Don Quixote (the Spanish hero written by Miguel de Cervantes), complete with his distinctive hat and spear. Ortega designed the poster for the Spanish tourist board, using an illustrious figure from Spain’s literary heritage to encourage people to visit Spain.

José García Ortega was born in Arroba de los Montes and was a member of the Communist Party. He worked as a painter and sculptor, studying at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. In 1953 he went to France to study art, funded by a French government scholarship. He returned to Spain throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and became a commercially successful artist. Some of his most famous designs include the posters which the Spanish tourist board commissioned from him circa 1960.

Condition: generally very good.

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