Antonio Saura's work in illustration forms a major part of his output for both its extent and its invention and variety. Confined to bed by poor health for five years when he was a young teenager, Saura first discovered the world through books and images. Very early on (1947) and throughout his life, he dreamed up characters and imaginary worlds like the series of drawings he called Grokos. Prof. Bernard Dieterle has devoted an indispensable book to Antonio Saura the illustrator (Bernard Dieterle, Illustré par SauraMélanges en hommage à Jacques Soubeyroux, Éditions du Celec, Saint-Étienne, 2008).

San Juan de la CRUZ
Poesía y otros textos, Círculo de Lectores, Barcelona 1991, 31.8 x 21 cm, 301 pages, illustrated by Antonio Saura, with 3 drawings in Indian ink and 21 mixed-media works, reproduced in colour.