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Coast of Amalfi (composition)

On 6 June 1935 Escher’s father receives a letter from his son in which he writes that a rich architect has bought 10 of his prints for 900 lire. Nearly enough to cover the trip to Sicily he was on at the time. It was a high point in what would be a financially devastating year for Escher.


1935 marked a new low, after several years of hardship that preceded it. Escher’s work garnered praise and he held exhibitions regularly, but his sales were very disappointing. Especially in the Netherlands. It would be another 20 years before he would be selling large amounts of his work. It is not known which prints Escher sold to the architect. Coast of Amalfi, from November 1934, could easily be one of them.

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