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Sky and Water I, June 1938

M.C. Escher
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
woodcut on laid japan paper
48.9 x 50 cm; image: 43.8 x 43.8 cm
Acquired 1989
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30212)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

In Escher's words, "In the horizontal central strip there are birds and fish equivalent to each other. We associate flying with sky, and so for each of the black birds the sky in which it is flying is formed by the four white fish which encircle it. Similarly swimming makes us think of water, and therefore the four blackbirds that surround a fish become the water in which it swims". "M. C. Escher, the Graphic Work" (Cologne: Taschen, 2001).

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