Art Appetizer: M.C. Escher’s “Relativity”

M.C. Escher, a Dutch graphic artist, was a popular artist in the K.Wish. household. Specifically, my mom loved his piece, Relativity. Escher is known for his lithographs, woodcuts, and sketches that transcend usual perceptions of space and perspective.

Here’s the 1-2-3 on Relativity by M.C. Escher:

"Relativity," M.C. Escher (1953)

  1. According to the National Gallery of Art, “this is perhaps Escher’s best-known print on the theme of relativity. It also is a fine example of Escher’s focus on unusual, and often conflicting, points of view.”
  2. In this lithograph, gravity is working perfectly in three different directions. Three planes are cutting across each other perpendicularly without anyone falling.
  3. Oddly enough, this piece has been a favorite in the LEGO-art world. I’ve found two versions of Relativity in LEGO form. One is a simple representation while the other is a sci-fi representation.

    by Daniel Shiu and Daniel Shiu

    by Alex Eylar

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