This print was featured in Pam Reuter’s De Tekens van de Dierenriem (The Signs of the Zodiac). Like De Grafisch ABC, this booklet was created for the donors to the Society for the Promotion of Graphic Art ‘De Grafische.’ The other zodiac symbols were created by other artists.
Douglas Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, said it best when waxing poetically about Fish and Waves. He writes, “If ever a work of art merited the title ‘poem’ this is it! It is a paragon of compression and concision, and its visual polysemy - the black-fish/white-fish oscillation - is as elegant as could be. To my mind, this miniature represents what creative genius at its absolute peak is capable of, and as such, it is a study from which many artist, young and old, could learn a great deal.”
Reference: Hofstadter, Douglas. “Mystery, Classicism, Elegance: an Endless Chase After Magic” In M.C. Escher’s Legacy: a Centennial Celebration, Doris Schattschneider and Michele Emmer (Edi- tors), Springer-Verlag, New York, 2003 (page 35).
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