National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Gallery M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Gallery, 1946
mezzotint
Bool 1981, no. 346, State iv/?
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
1974.28.27
Not on View
From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 19 of 24

This print is a variation on Other World. Instead of wood engraving and woodcut, however, Escher has employed mezzotint. The velvety qualities of this technique result from subtle gradations of tone. First, the entire surface of the plate is roughened with a serrated-edge tool. An image is then created by scraping and burnishing the plate. When printed, smooth areas remain white and rough areas print dark. In this print the artist emphasizes the infinity of space as the perspective of the building diminishes to a single vanishing point.

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