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Circle Limit III, December 1959

M.C. Escher
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
woodcut in black, rust, green, blue, and orange on laid japan paper
46.9 x 51 cm; image: 41.6 cm diameter
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1982
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28211)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

In the "Circle Limit" series of woodcut prints, Escher invented his own construction plan for hyperbolic geometry. Hyperbolic geometry was the conception of French mathematician Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912), who theorized that the whole of an infinite plane could actually be contained within a finite circle. "Circle Limit III" demonstrates how an infinite number of fish may exist, ever decreasing in size as they near the circle's perimeter.

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