Moebius Strip II (Red Ants) (1963) by Maurits Cornelis Escher

Moebius Strip II (Red Ants) - Escher, Maurits Cornelis - 1963 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleMoebius Strip II (Red Ants)
ArtistMaurits Cornelis Escher
MediumWoodcut printed from three blocks
Dimensions45.3 x 20.5 cm (17 7/8 x 8 1/8 in.)
Art MovementSurrealism
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About Moebius Strip II (Red Ants)

Möbius Strip II is a woodcut print created by the famous Dutch graphic designer, M.C. Escher in 1963. This artwork showcases red ants crawling over a Möbius strip, which is a one-sided object that has fascinated mathematicians and artists since 1858. Escher was known for his brilliantly mathematically-inspired artwork that played with geometry, symmetry, perspective, and tessellation.

Escher’s art is enjoyed by millions of people around the world, and his work often features impossible objects and explorations of spatial forms. As for the Möbius strip, its shape is quite remarkable since it has only one side and one edge, meaning it is a continuous loop. Escher’s artwork skillfully combines the intricate shape of the Möbius strip with the tiny red ants crawling along its surface, creating an eye-catching design.

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