Tuesday, December 9, 2008

From December 1925 to March 1926 Escher worked on a series of six woodcuts on the theme of the Creation. This one depicts the division of sky and water. A Dutch educational association bought 300 impressions of this oil paintings woodcut to hang in public schools.

Escher spent the early part of the summer of 1931 in Ravello and along the coast of Amalfi, Italy. With its dramatic mountains and ancient hill towns this was a particularly favorite region for Escher. Oil Paintings Drawings from the trip, including this example, inspired 15 woodcuts, wood engravings, and lithographs.