Reptiles (1943) by Maurits Cornelis Escher

Reptiles - Maurits Cornelis Escher - 1943

Artwork Information

ArtistMaurits Cornelis Escher
Dimensions33.4 x 38.5 cm (13 1/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Art MovementSurrealism
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About Reptiles

Reptiles is a lithograph print created by Maurits Cornelis Escher, a Dutch artist and printmaker. The artwork was first printed in March 1943 and depicts a desk with a 2D drawing of reptiles and hexagonal shapes. Escher’s use of tessellated patterns has become a signature feature in his work, which often explores the theme of mathematics in art.

Escher was known for his unique approach to transforming objects and figures to create works that challenge the viewer’s perception. Reptiles is an excellent example of this, with its intricate depiction of reptiles merging with each other seamlessly while occupying every bit of the space on the drawing. The artwork measures 33.4cm x 38.5cm and resides at an unknown location.

Escher exhibited particular skill in using lithography as his medium for prints, allowing him to produce complex geometric transformations that tested the limits of visual perception. Throughout his career, he remained committed to exploring unique forms and structures that could bend traditional art conventions.

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