National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Italian Town M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Italian Town, 1930
black lithographic ink, scratched
overall: 44.2 x 57 cm (17 3/8 x 22 7/16 in.)
Print Purchase Fund (Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection)
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
1975.95.2
Not on View
From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 7 of 24

Escher often used his drawings as studies for prints, but he occasionally also experimented with various drawing techniques. His most important experiments are the "scratch drawings" for which he evenly coated the paper with lithographic drawing ink. He then drew on the prepared surface with a pointed tool, scoring or scratching into it to produce his image. This technique, which he first employed in 1929, led Escher directly to his work in lithography.

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