Illustration is one of the main facets of the works of Antonio Saura, in terms as much of its scope as of its inventiveness and diversity.
Confined to bed as a young man due to illness, he first discovered the world through books and images. Thus at a very early age (in 1947) and throughout his life, he was to invent imaginary figures and worlds. His work as an illustrator began in 1963 with a series of etchings and aquatints to accompany the text Träume of Quevedo. This was followed by illustrations for texts by Cervantes, Kafka, Orwell and many others, and was completed by the illustrations for his own diary Nulla dies sine linea.
The illustration adheres to the text and demonstrates the repertoire of images which Antonio Saura created and developed.