Waterfall (1961) by Maurits Cornelis Escher

Waterfall - Maurits Cornelis Escher - 1961

Artwork Information

ArtistMaurits Cornelis Escher
Dimensions38 x 30 cm (15 x 11 3/4 in.)

About Waterfall

Waterfall is a lithograph created by the acclaimed Dutch artist, Maurits Cornelis Escher in 1961. This artwork depicts a perpetual motion machine where water from the base of a waterfall appears to run uphill along the water path before reaching the top of the waterfall. Escher’s Waterfall lithograph is renowned for its intricate detail and mathematical precision that embodies his passion for tessellations and impossible objects. The image reflects his deep interest in exploring irregular shapes and tilted perspectives as well as presenting perplexing illusions.

Escher’s masterful creation of Waterfall aptly portrays his gift of transforming everyday physical elements into captivating images that challenge conventional perceptions. The result is an imaginative work that intrigues not just art enthusiasts but also mathematicians and scientists. Alongside this famous lithograph are two other prints – Ascending and Descending, which shows people going up while never really ascending, and Three Spheres II, which features three spheres within each other creating an illusionary effect.

Maurits Cornelis Escher was primarily a printmaker with a background in graphic design who used mathematics to create unusual pieces of art that have since gained global recognition. His works have been reproduced across various mediums including publications, album covers, tattoos, among others – making him one of Holland’s most celebrated artists.

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