M.C. Escher⁣ Eye (mezzotint, seventh and final state)⁣

M.C. Escher⁣ Eye (mezzotint, seventh and final state)⁣

4/27/2021, 10:47:50 PM
M.C. Escher⁣ Eye (mezzotint, seventh and final state)⁣ 1946⁣ “Ever since the creation of this mezzotint, in the autumn of 1946, there has been much speculation about its meaning. This is of course due to the skull that is reflected in the pupil. Escher was always amused when people talked about ‘messages’ supposedly hidden in his works. He denied any such messages being there. However, in this case such speculation was logical; though the name of the mezzotint might not be suggestive, the skull positively invites speculation.⁣ The eye is Escher’s own eye. He drew it while studying it through a convex shaving mirror, which greatly enlarged it. In his drawing and mezzotint, however, the reflection in the pupil is not his own. The viewer’s gaze is met with that of Death. Shortly after creating it, in October 1946, Escher wrote in another letter to ’s-Gravesande:⁣ ‘As the viewer always sees himself in the eye he is looking into, I decided to show a skull reflected in it. As a variant on the prints with reflective spheres. Because we are all forced to look at Death, whether we like it or not. Or He looks at us’.”⁣ (The National Gallery of Art)⁣ #paintings #painting #artlovers #famousartists #famousart #artlegends #masterpieceart #artmasterpieces #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #mcescher #escher #mcescherart #eye #mezzotint #eschereye #nationalgalleryofart #modernart #20thcenturyart

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