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Well from Emblemata

March 1931
Woodcut
Image: 7 1/8 by 5 1/2” 

B. 182

The eponym reads:

Where stream and source fail, where no other refreshment exists, I quench your thirst from hidden depths: I am your sustenance today and tomorrow. 

Escher's faithful rendition of the well is one of the few works bearing a Dutch cityscape.  It is a predecessor for his later well print celebrating the Dutch resistance. The latter work has a vantage point from inside the well, whereas this one beckons the viewer to come get a drink. Notice his technique of using parallel vertical lines to create almost the entire image with the exception of the centerpiece. The horizontal lines of the bucket run perpendicular to the background, creating dimensionality and the illusion that the bucket is about to float out of the paper.  

This original woodcut is in excellent condition and framed. 

First person to email gets this work, framed and shipped FedEx within the U.S., for $1,800.  

Unicorns

October 1950
Wood engraving
Image: 4 3/4 by 3 1/8” 

B. 371

 

The Asselbergs owned The Unicorn Press, and were well known art patrons in Holland. Escher's Regular Division of the Plane was printed on their press.  This Escher print was given by the Asselbergs to their friends to celebrate the New Year of 1950 to 1951. 

Unicorns represents the most basic technique of creating different shades in a woodcut. Simple stripes varying in width and proximity give rise to five different shades of Unicorns.

This original woodcut is in excellent condition and framed. Adorn your wall with six exotic, single-horned equines. 

First person to email gets this work, framed and shipped FedEx within the U.S., for $3,800.  

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