Church at Corte, Corsica, 23 May 1933
graphite on grey wove paper
32 x 24 cm
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1988
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30161)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
Escher preferred to be known as a printmaker. "Church at Corte, Corsica" shows his particular interest in the technique of wood engraving, a printing process that appealed to him on the aesthetic and functional levels. He both enjoyed the beauty of the medium and appreciated that the printmaking process allowed him to make multiple copies of a single work. This is a preparatory drawing for the wood engraving, "Corte, Corsica", which Escher has annotated to remind himself of the lighting conditions. In order to have the printed image appear in the same orientation the drawing would have been traced and transferred onto the block in reverse before the lines were cut.