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It is World Animal Day, so we are focusing on animals in Escher’s work. It is not hard to find one. There are plenty of animals in his prints, especially in his many tessellations. He interconnects birds, fish, lizards, horses, dogs, butterflies and all kinds of insects in countless ways.

But today we will not be concentrating on a tessellation but rather on an individual animal. A creature that rivals Escher in terms of diligence. He created this gem right in the middle of his long search for variations in regular divisions of the plane and with an ever-present WWII as backdrop.

More Escher today