MC Escher Lithographs and Mezzotints


    Escher created his first lithograph in 1920, but he didn’t add them to his repertoire until 1929.   Although not nearly as numerous as woodcuts, some of his most famous images are lithographs, such as Drawing Hands or Reptiles.  

    The lithograph technique differs significantly from wood engraving.  A mirror image of the final print is drawn on a smooth stone with a black grease pencil.  Printing involves a water layer and an ink layer and then pressing the image onto paper.  M.C. Escher hired a professional lithographer to print his stones because it is such a tedious process. 

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Lithographs    1921 - 1937


  The early lithographs focus primarily on Italian land and cityscapes as he lived in Italy for 11

years during this period.  In the mid 1930’s Escher started composing artworks depicting reflective

surfaces.  His Hand With Reflecting Sphere is the most famous of a handful of spherical mirror pieces.

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