"Earth" (B.382)
1953 color print with letterpress

Escher created the “Four Elements” suite for the noted connoisseurs and patrons, Eugène and Willy Strens. Escher chose as his subjects the ancient elements of earth, air, fire and water; the building blocks of all creation. Each print in the series not only represents a creature from that element, but also is designed with a structure evocative of that force. Here, ants vibrate with the energy of a swarm, and the print jiggles with electricity.