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image of Other World (Another World) M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Other World (Another World), 1947
wood engraving and woodcut in black, medium brown, and green, printed from three blocks
image: 31.9 x 26 cm (12 9/16 x 10 1/4 in.) sheet: 34.8 x 30.4 cm (13 11/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 348
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 18 of 24

Escher constructed a five-sided chamber in which all sides are interchangeable. This is his first print to focus primarily on his idea of relativity, how one object is seen in relation to another. The Islamic figurine of a harpy, a mythical creature with a bird's body and a human head, was a gift from Escher's father-in-law and appears in several of his prints.

The difference between a wood engraving, shown here, and a woodcut is that the wood used in a wood engraving is cut across the grain and not along it. In this way the wood is less likely to splinter and can be worked like a copper plate with a burin. Wood engraving allows for greater detail and more delicate effects.

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