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SKU: 331

Encounter is one of less than a dozen of Escher’s images that has all of the three principal elements that the artist will forever be famous for:  metamorphosis, the play between two and three dimensions, and interlocking symmetry.  Escher writes about Encounter in THE GRAPHIC WORK:  “Out from the grey surface of a back wall there develops a complicated pattern of white and black figures of little men.  And since men who desire to live need at least a floor to walk on, a floor has been designed for them, with a circular gap in the middle so that as much as possible can still be seen of the back wall.  In this way they are forced, not only to walk in a ring, but also to meet each other in the foreground: a white optimist and a black pessimist shaking hands with one another.”


This iconic lithograph is signed and numbered.  It is available. Please inquire for more information.

  • Image Size

    13 1/2 x 18 1/4”

  • Year


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