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M.C. Escher's “Other World” ©2021 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands.All rights reserved.

Other World, 1947

M.C.Escher (1898-1972)

Beyond the threshold

  • Medium:
    Print, coloured woodcut
  • Dimensions:
    Paper 39.7 × 32.5cm; Image 31.5 × 25.7cm
  • Collection:
    Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London
  • Coll. No:
    ACL 611

Click here to listen to an atmospheric soundscape produced by sound artist Michele Bianchin to accompany the viewing of 'Other World' by M.C. Escher.

M.C. Escher’s Other World creates a space that sits between reality and imagination. Grounded in mathematical principles and theorems, this print shows an impossible structure, combining illusionistic architecture and fantastical birds set against an interstellar landscape. Escher’s work bridges maths and art, logic and creativity – disciplines and approaches that are often considered as separate, or even opposing. As the title suggests, this woodcut explores the concept of parallel and alternative worlds.