National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Self-Portrait M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Self-Portrait, 1929
lithograph on gray paper
image: 25.9 x 20.5 cm (10 3/16 x 8 1/16 in.) sheet: 34.7 x 24.7 cm (13 11/16 x 9 3/4 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 128
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
1973.65.19
Not on View
From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 5 of 24

Escher first learned to make lithographs in 1929. This is his second endeavor in the medium. Escher made self-portraits throughout his career, experimenting with various printmaking techniques that included linoleum cut, woodcut, lithography, and mezzotint.

Lithography, in which the image is drawn with an oily medium on a stone slab, is based on the principle that oil and water repel one another. After the prepared stone is washed with water, printing ink is applied, which adheres only to the drawing.

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