21 December, winter begins. Not Eschers favorite season, although this time of the year was his most productive one. He had to, he couldn’t really go anywhere. For years he would travel during spring and summer and these trips would bring him inspiration for his graphical work. During autumn and winter he would use his travel drawings and photo’s for new woodcuts, wood engravings and lithographs. But the cold and the snow, which belonged to these winter months, didn’t appeal to him much.
This was especially true for his years in Switzerland. There, winter presented itself with all it’s force. During the winters of 1935 and 1936 his house in Cháteau-d’Oex was surrounded by white walls and snow-capped mountains. But his sons loved it. During their first Swiss winter Escher made this photo in which George and Arthur are playing with their sleds in front of the house.