National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Reptiles M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Reptiles, 1943
Bool 1981, no. 327, State ii/ii
Rosenwald Collection
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 15 of 24

One of Escher's fascinations was the animation of an abstract concept. Here, the reptiles come to life as they crawl out of the artist's depiction of a drawing, only to return to it. Escher wrote of this print, "evidently one of the reptiles has tired of lying flat and rigid amongst his fellows, so he puts one plastic-looking leg over the edge [and] wrenches himself free...." The name "JOB" on the booklet at lower left does not indicate the biblical character but refers to a brand of Belgian cigarette papers.

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