Artworks and Artists
Day and Night

Day and Night,
February 1938
Escher, M.C.
woodcut in black and grey on laid japan paper
43.2 x 71.7 cm; image: 39.1 x 67.7 cm


In the print Day and Night, two normally different worlds come together. The typical Dutch town seen by day at left is portrayed as a mirror image at right, but this time by night. Through a series of metamorphoses, the fields separating the two towns become birds in flight, black on the left and white on the right.

Although at first glance the birds appear to be absolutely identical (except in colour), their rumps are significantly different: the white birds are flying with turned-down rumps, while the black rumps are turned upwards.