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Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898 - 1972)

Lot 47: Signed Order and Chaos lithograph by Escher

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

December 14, 2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description

- ESCHER, M.C. (Dutch 1898 - 1972). Tegenstelling (Orde en Chaos) [Contrast (Order and Chaos)], 1950. Lithograph in black, signed and numbered in pencil 'MCEscher nr. 11/43' (lower left), monogrammed and dated in the stone 'MCE II-'50' (lower left); framed under passe-partout behind glass. Sheet attached with paper tape to the passe-partout (along the reverse edges), sheet uncut and discoloured (within the margins of the passe-partout), very slightly cockled, pinholes in the corners, minor spot of paper scuffing in the upper right, one tiny paper damage in the lower left corner (top of the first letter of the signature slightly affected), overall in good condition.

Dimensions

Image size 29 x 29 cm., frame size 55.5 x 54 cm.

Artist or Maker

ESCHER, M.C. (Dutch 1898 - 1972).

Literature

Bool, F.H., et al. M.C. Escher: his life and complete graphic work: with a fully illustrated catalogue. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2000, p. 299, nr. 366

Notes

The original print from the series of 43 copies only. "In April 1952, 400 prints were made of the lithograph Contrast (Order and Chaos). By machine, due to the enormous circulation, but under the watchful eye of Escher. It was a commission from the VAEVO (Association for the Promotion of the Aesthetic Element in Secondary Education), which would be distributing the prints to schools in the Netherlands. This would render his work accessible to young people". It emphasizes the special significance this work had for Escher: "In February 1950 Escher produced Contrast (Order and Chaos). Occupying centre stage in this print is a perfectly symmetrical spatial figure: an almost transparent stellated dodecahedron that has been merged with a glass sphere. The object is surrounded by a mishmash of broken and otherwise disorderly objects. The title is self-explanatory: the crystal represents order and discipline, whereas the objects around it symbolise chaos. With the benefit of hindsight, it seems like Escher was sensing something when he made this print. His fame began to soar in the 1950s. So too would the chaos that fame brought his way" (both quotes from the website of the Escher in Het Paleis [Escher in The Palace] museum, The Hague). Also in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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