Relativity (1953) by Maurits Cornelis Escher

Relativity - Maurits Cornelis Escher - 1953

Artwork Information

ArtistMaurits Cornelis Escher
Dimensions28.2 x 29.4 cm (11 1/8 x 11 5/8 in.)

About Relativity

Relativity is a lithograph print created in 1953 by Dutch artist M. C. Escher. The artwork is an exploration of strange and impossible spaces, where gravity doesn’t seem to exist, and staircases meet at impossible angles.

Escher was known for his intricate geometric prints that challenge human perception and the laws of physics. He played with vanishing points in Relativity, using an equilateral triangle to create a structure that looks consistent from different perspectives.

Ascending and Descending is another notable print by Escher that portrays a never-ending staircase, further pushing the limits of human understanding. His primary medium was printmaking, but he also worked as a draftsman, book illustrator, tapestry designer, and muralist, creating stunning works of art across different mediums.

Escher’s work has been widely reproduced over the years and used in various forms of media like tattoos and album covers due to its uniqueness and compelling visual impact. Through his artworks, Escher explored illusions and the illusory structure of our lives while challenging us to look at ordinary objects in new ways.

Overall, Relativity remains one of his most iconic pieces that continues to capture the imagination of people worldwide due to its paradoxical depiction of gravity-defying environments connected through impossible staircases.

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