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Depth

Artist: Maurits Cornelis (M. C.) Escher (Dutch, 1898–1972)
Culture: Dutch
Date: 1955
Medium: Wood engraving and woodcut in brown-red, grey-green and dark brown, printed from three blocks, on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 12 1/2 x 9 inches (31.8 x 22.9 cm)
Sheet: 16 x 12 1/8 inches (40.6 x 30.8 cm)
Mat: 28 x 22 inches (71.1 x 55.9 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Professor John Staddon
Label Text:I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, and not in a formless chaos, as it sometimes seems. M.C. Escher

In his lifetime, Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher made hundreds of images that create orderly worlds.

Escher's work is remarkable for his precise and intricate use of line that shapes space, often in fantastical ways. In "Depth" the artist creates far-reaching three dimensional space with forms that appear to recede infinitely into the distance.

Escher used several techniques to create the illusion of forms lined up in a seemingly never-ending grid. The variation in sizes suggest depth: the larger figures appear closer and the smaller ones seem farther away. The overlapping of figures furthers the illusion that the larger forms are closer to the viewer. Also, Escher used lighter colors and less detail on the figures depicted in the distance than those in the foreground. These details mimic atmospheric perspective, the effect that looking through the air has on our perception of the world around us. We perceive what is furthest from our eyes differently than what is near.

Object number: 2006.2.2