Maurits Cornelis Escher
- M. C. Escher
- METAMORPHOSIS II (BOOL /KIST/LOCHER/WIE 320)
- Image: 190 by 3900mm; 7 1/2 by 153 6/8 in
- Sheet: 288 by 4015mm; 11 3/8 by 158 1/8 in
Undoubtedly one of Escher's most ambitious prints, the four meter long Metamorphosis II is four times as long as his first version Metamorphosis I from 1937 and elevates his use of geometric shapes to a new exciting level. The work demonstrates subtle transformations from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional, and visually plays with the gradual metamorphosis of shapes into objects. Furthermore, the beginning and the end of the print coincide to form a unity of the complete image.
This rare woodcut is not only a quest in its imagery but also for its technical achievement. The challenge of printing a woodcut in various colours on three or five extremely fine sheets of paper was considerable and an edition of this print does not exist. It was only printed on request which explains the rarity of this work. The colour combination with blue instead of green is even more scarce as most impressions which have come up for sale in the past are printed in black, red and green.