Artworks and Artists
Rippled Surface

Rippled Surface,
March 1950
Escher, M.C.
linocut in black and grey-brown on japan paper
33.6 x 40.1 cm; image: 26 x 32 cm


One night while walking in the woods near his home under a full moon, Escher noticed the silhouette of tree branches perfectly mirrored in a pond. Engrossed by the scene, he was studying it with his head upside down between his legs, so as to see the tree right side up, when an acorn dropped into the water, shattering the illusion. It is this effect that the artist has depicted here.