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image of Snakes M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Snakes, 1969
woodcut in orange, green, and black, printed from three blocks
image: 49.8 x 44.1 cm (19 5/8 x 17 3/8 in.) sheet: 55.3 x 47.1 cm (21 3/4 x 18 9/16 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 448
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 24 of 24

Escher suffered from poor health when making this woodcut, and it is his last print. He again illustrates the concept of infinity. However, here he introduces a new invention: infinitely small rings grow from the center of the circle, reach a maximum size, and then diminish again as they reach the outer circumference.

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