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Square Limit

Square Limit

Artist: Maurits Cornelis (M. C.) Escher (Dutch, 1898–1972)
Culture: Dutch
Date: 1964
Medium: Woodcut in red and grey-green, printed from two blocks, on paper
Image: 13 3/8 x 13 3/8 inches (34 x 34 cm)
Sheet: 17 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches (45.1 x 43.8 cm)
Mat: 27 7/8 x 22 inches (70.8 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. "Square Limit" focuses on pattern and metamorphosis, or change.

Square Limit is a variation on tessellations. A tessellation is a repeating pattern of one or more figures that do not overlap and completely cover a flat surface. Escher's fascination with tessellations began in 1936 when he visited the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain. The Alhambra is an ancient palace and fortress built between 1248 and 1354. It is decorated with calligraphy, linear designs and tessellations. Escher was greatly influenced by these patterns and developed geometric tessellations into animals and people that change in shape, size, and sometimes even species over the space of a page.

Object number: 2006.2.3