M.C. Escher (1898-1972) lithograph titled Reptiles after the original which drawn in 1943. This lithograph was published in 1988 by Cordon Art in Baarn, Holland. It was copyrighted in 1988 by MC Escher c/o Cordon Art. The piece was printed by Bakker Baarn Holland. It measures 19 inches x 25 inches. It is matted and framed under glass in a simple black frame. This piece was acquired from a Virginia estate.

  • This piece was acquired from a Virginia estate
  • Dimensions:
  • 19IN x 25IN (48cm x 64cm)
  • Artist Name:
  • M.C. Escher
  • Medium:
  • Lithograph
  • Circa:
  • 1988
  • Notes:
  • About the Artist: Maurits Cornelis Escher (M.C.) is known for his graphic art and is best known for his so-called impossible structures, such as "Ascending and Descending", "Relativity", his Transformation Prints, such as "Metamorphosis I", "Metamorphosis II" and "Metamorphosis III", "Sky & Water I or Reptiles". He did realistic styled work during the time he lived and traveled in Italy such as in Castrovalva where one already can see Escher's fascination with perspective.  The lithograph "Atrani", depicting a small town on the Amalfi Coast, was made in 1931, but is referenced in "Metamorphosis I and II". M.C. Escher, during his lifetime, made 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches.  Like some of his famous predecessors, - Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer and Holbein-, M.C. Escher was left-handed. Apart from being a graphic artist, M.C. Escher illustrated books, designed tapestries, postage stamps and murals. He was born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, as the fourth and youngest son of a civil engineer.   The family moved to Arnhem where Escher spent most of his youth.  After failing his high school exams, he eventually enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. After only one week, he informed his father that he would rather study graphic art instead of architecture, as he had shown his drawings and linoleum cuts to his graphic teacher Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, who encouraged him to continue with graphic arts. After finishing school, he traveled extensively through Italy, where he met his wife, Jetta Umiker, whom he married in 1924.  They settled in Rome, where they stayed until 1935. During these 11 years, Escher traveled each year throughout Italy, drawing and sketching for the various prints he would make when he returned home. Many of these sketches he would later use for various other lithographs and/or woodcuts and wood engravings, for example the background in the lithograph "Waterfall" stems from his Italian period, or the trees reflecting in the woodcut "Puddle", which are the same trees Escher used in his woodcut "Pineta of Calvi", which he made in 1932. M.C. Escher became fascinated by the regular Division of the Plane, when he first visited the Alhambra, a fourteen-century Moorish castle in Granada, Spain in 1922. During the years in Switzerland and throughout the Second World War, he vigorously pursued his hobby, by drawing 62 of the total of 137 Regular Division Drawings he would make in his lifetime. He extended his passion for the Regular Division of the Plane, by using some of his drawings as the basis for yet another hobby, carving beech wood spheres. He played with architecture, perspective and impossible spaces.  His art reflects his observations of the world around him and the expressions of his own fantasies.  M.C. Escher shows us that reality is wondrous, comprehensible and fascinating.
  • Condition:
  • Excellent

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