Today, Father's Day June 17th, is Escher's 120th birthday, so we all have good reason to celebrate.
This is one of my favorite Escher graphics, a small and powerful wood engraving created just after the end of World War II.
The inscription on the original print is in Dutch, and it translates as 'We Shall Come Out of It!' This is in the same spirit as the phrase 'we shall overcome,' even though the use of the word 'shall' is a bit unusual, here it gives strength and emphasis to the emotion and the effort.
It was created just after The War, and the visual meaning is very strong. In Dutch, being 'down in a well' is an expression for depression, and in this print we see the huge effort involved in pulling oneself up out of darkness. Each line of the hand, every edge of the well, and all else is built up of small engraved black lines and white spaces. We understand the dimension, depth and contours through this masterful contrast of light and shadow. And who but Escher would invent a twisting, layered, eight-sided well?
Just a little more effort, a few more rungs on the ladder, and these strong hands will pull one out of the well, towards sunlight, towards trees, a house, and freedom.
This amazing print can be yours... with its original Dutch inscriptions, if you contact Artists’ Market in Norwalk.
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