Self-portrait, November 1929
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
lithograph on wove paper
35.2 x 25 cm; image: 26.3 x 20.3 cm
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1986
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29638)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
From 1924 to 1935, Escher lived in Rome, where he perfected his skills as a printmaker. He made his first lithograph in the summer of 1929; the expertise he acquired is apparent in this print made in November of the same year. Although this self-portrait predates Escher's more familiar mathematical explorations and perspectival games, it anticipates the keen, intellectual scrutiny he would bring to his later art.
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