National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Day and Night M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Day and Night, 1938
woodcut in black and gray, printed from two blocks
image: 39.2 x 67.6 cm (15 7/16 x 26 5/8 in.) sheet: 49.5 x 77.3 cm (19 1/2 x 30 7/16 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 303
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt 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 14 of 24

This print is one of Escher's first to show the influence of Moorish tile work, with its abstract, positive-negative geometric shapes. With day and night landscapes as mirror images, the white birds merge with a daylight sky at left, while at right the black birds blend to create a night sky.

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