Grasshopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grasshopper 

(B.271) 1935 Woodcut

Escher’s son George found a grasshopper on the stairs of their home in Rome, and he recalled years later how his father has taken the creature up to his studio and meticulously copied its complex rhythmic surface patterns. Escher’s explanation was insightful and poignant: ”In order to see it, I had to draw it!” The wood engraving is a remarkable tour-de-force of patterning. The small unsigned edition was printed in 1940.

Grasshopper detail

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