Hell (1935) by Maurits Cornelis Escher

Hell - Maurits Cornelis Escher - 1935

Artwork Information

ArtistMaurits Cornelis Escher
Dimensions25.1 x 21.4 cm (9 7/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

About Hell

Maurits Cornelis Escher, a Dutch graphic artist and printmaker, created many works of art featuring impossible objects and tessellations. One of his most famous pieces is “Hell,” which he created in 1935. The piece showcases a cavern with what appears to be souls falling into the abyss below while others appear trapped on the sides.

Escher’s work was known for incorporating mathematics into fantastical landscapes that often contradicted one another. In this particular piece, he used unique perspectives to create an unending stairway leading downwards towards the depths of Hell. The figures depicted in the artwork are faceless as they spill down into infinity.

Despite being famous all around the world, Escher was neglected by much of the art world during his lifetime, including his native Netherlands. His artwork served as inspiration for many mathematicians as well as artists alike. It has been recognized for its complex designs that blend realism with optical illusions.

Overall, “Hell” is a notable example of Maurits Cornelis Escher’s unique style of blending mathematical principles and precise details with creative imagination in creating an intriguing and mystery-filled story.

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