“A graphic artist is something of a troubadour; he sings and repeats the same song in every print he makes of his woodcut, copperplate, or lithographic stone. It doesn’t matter much if he loses, spoils, or rips a sheet; there are enough other copies to carry forth his thoughts, and if he runs out, he can print a new set in which every work is just as perfect, original, and complete, as long as the plate is not worn out.”

M.C. Escher: His Life and Complete Graphic Work, edited by J. L. Locher

Although he occasionally produced watercolours and sculptures, Escher was first and foremost a graphic artist. The printmaking methods he used most often were mezzotint (an intaglio technique), linocut, wood engraving and woodcuts (all relief techniques) and lithography (a planographic technique).

Printmaking fascinated him, not only for its beauty, but also because it fulfilled his desire for multiplication of his works and it required a great mastery of technique. Judging from the complexity of some of his prints, there can be little doubt that he was indeed a master of his craft.


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