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Woodcut of Jetta, 1925

In March 1923 Escher meets the Swiss family Umiker in Ravello, Italy. He falls in love with their youngest daughter Jetta. Maurits is fascinated by this mysterious girl, with whom he speaks in broken Italian. They get married in Viareggio on 12 June 1924.

In August 1924 he takes a photo of Jetta that he uses for a woodcut in February 1925. The photo and the woodcut, which consist entirely of vertical lines, could be seen in our Escher, close up exhibition.

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