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Plane Filling I

A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.
© The M.C. Escher Company B.V.- Baarn- the Netherlands

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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

March 1951

Artist:

Maurits Cornelis Escher
Dutch, 1898-1972

About this artwork

M.C. Escher became interested in mezzotint due to its tonal range, and printed eight editions in the medium between 1946 and 1951. Like many of Escher’s perceptually dizzying but impeccably calculated images, this black-and-white composition of interlocking fish, fowl, primitive nudes, and mythical beasts can be read in several ways. Its light and dark contrasts form an overall geometrical pattern, like a chessboard run amok, or a jigsaw puzzle writhing with mutating pieces. The creatures may not be far removed from Hieronymus Bosch’s Renaissance-era views of the underworld, but Escher’s claustrophobic, patterned landscape is also full of delight.

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Artist

Maurits Cornelis Escher

Title

Plane Filling I

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1951

Medium

Mezzotint in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

152 × 202 mm (image/plate); 239 × 317 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the R. J. Frisby Family

Reference Number

1987.199.9

Copyright

© The M.C. Escher Company B.V.- Baarn- the Netherlands

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