M.C. Escher

Grasshopper, 1935
Wood engraving
7.12 x 9.50 in (18.08 x 24.13 cm)
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Limited-edition Initialed "MCE" in the plate lower right corner Catalogue raisonné: Bool #271 © The M.C. Escher Company B.V.

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. Due to the popularity of the image, there was also a small unsigned edition printed in 1940.

Grasshopper by M.C. Escher

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