Fish and Frogs

 

Fish and Frogs

(B.364) 1949 wood engraving from the edition of only 185 examples

 

Related to Escher’s masterpiece “Verbum,” this rare and charming print is one of

only three small-format works that combine interlocking forms in three-dimensional

space. Illustrating the interconnections of water and land was central to many of

Escher’s greatest works and here those themes are played out with an elegance and

intimate whimsy that is at once charming and deeply meaningful. The small fish that

swim around their interlocking counterparts are especially playful, and these

underscore Escher’s feeling that designs such as this were ‘little games,’ although they

also touch on the mysterious connections that are fundamental to creation itself.

 

Fish and Frogs