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Path of Life I

In March 1958 Escher creates an eight-sided woodcut called Path of Life I. Stingrays swim in ever decreasing circles as the heart of the composition approaches. The work fits in a series in which the artist explores through shrinking or growing figures the concepts of eternity and infinity.

The series is a reflection of Escher’s visits to the Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Córdoba. Their complex mosaics and infinitely repeating tile patterns would inspire him for the rest of his life.

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