A vintage, 1972 re-issue of the Maurits Cornelius Escher print "Metamorphose" (1939-40), possibly a posthumous or commemorative printing, as its date coincides with the year of Escher's death. The publisher is given at far right margin as G. W. Breughel, and this was printed in Holland. Measurements are an unusual 8 3/4" by 41" in the narrow black metal frame (presently no glass). The work has been laid on foamboard. Escher, one of the best known graphic artists in history, is of course known for his "impossible constructions", and "impossible spaces", where perspective and optical reality are suspended, the eye fooled. His genuine, pencil-signed woodcuts, linoleum cuts and wood engravings can bring tens of thousands of dollars at auction. This example is an interesting, decorative work and a real conversation piece. Consider placing it above a door or other unusual space. When I acquired this the glass was broken at far right, and the exposed paper at some point became slightly soiled and rubbed in extreme lower right corner. At upper extreme left there is a slight disturbance but it is very minor. Cut some new glass and hang this handsome piece on the wall and you will barely notice the imperfections. Interestingly the print is not just black and white. There is a grayish-green at far left and even some reddish in the roof at far left.
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