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Bool 371

Wood Engraving

4 1/2 by 3 1/8 in.


Escher created Unicorns as a commission for the Asselbergs. The Asselbergs owned The Unicorn Press (publishers of Escher's Regular Division of the Plane) and were well known art patrons in Holland. This Escher print was given by the Asselbergs to their friends to celebrate the New Year of 1951.


Unicorns demonstrates 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 print was typically not signed. However, this rare example bears a full signature. It is in excellent condition.  


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