Three Worlds is a lithograph on paper created by Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher in December 1955. The artwork depicts a large pool or lake during the autumn/winter months and features three visible perspectives, which include the surface of water with floating leaves, the world above the surface reflected in the forest, and the world below surface with large fish swimming. This composition was a result of Escher’s walks in woods around his hometown of Baarn.
This piece is considered one of Escher’s most popular prints as he made over 650 copies during his lifetime. Three Worlds measures 36.2 × 24.7 cm for its image size and 46.2 × 31.7 cm for its sheet size, making it a moderately sized artwork that can be displayed in various settings.
In Three Worlds, Escher effectively showcases his mastery of perspective as he combines three different viewpoints into one image seamlessly. He also used intricate details such as reflections, shadows and textures to make this piece come alive – this adds depth to every element included and creates an engaging composition that draws viewers into this tranquil wintery landscape.
Overall, Three Worlds demonstrates Escher’s incredible artistic techniques and creativity through its innovative use of multiple perspectives showcasing what lies beneath Earth’s surfaces captured at all times – even during winter when everything appears lifeless but still full of wonders waiting to be discovered by observant artists like him yet to interpret nature in their imaginative ways.