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Second title-page (Peacock)
  • Second title-page (Peacock)

    SKU: 160

    Escher's art deco title page shows a glorious peacock radiating with symmetry. This woodcut on cream paper is available. 


    At the end of 1930 Escher returned home from southern Italy, defeated and depressed. He could not sell prints and suffered both physically and financially. He doubted his own skills and questioned whether he should continue to work as an artist.


    The Dutch art historian G.J. Hoogewerff suggested to Escher that he make an emblemata, a collection of illustrated four-line epi- grams with Latin mottoes. Hoogewerff provided many of the epigrams and subsequently praised Escher’s work in an article. Hoogewerff’s project provided the stimulation that helped encourage Escher to press onward with his career.


    The highly detailed prints are black on cream paper. Escher created the illusion of gray tones by varying the width and proximity of the white lines. Notice the shadow of the Dice or the light emanating from the Candle. Some prints have motifs of future creations. The Butterfly is a mosaic of images. The Frog appears to be a precursor for both Rippled Surface and Three Worlds.

    • Image Size

      7 x 5 1⁄2”

    • Year


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