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Relativity, July 1953

M.C. Escher
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
lithograph on cream laid japan paper
39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990
National Gallery of Canada (no. 35600)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Relativity refers to the theory of space and time developed by Albert Einstein. In this work, the normal laws of gravity do not apply. Escher depicts a remarkably symbiotic relationship between an uninhabitable structure and its inhabitants. This work is the artist's most famous example of "impossible architecture".

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