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Still Life and Street
Artist M. C. Escher
Dimensions 48.7 cm × 49 cm (19.2 in × 19 in)
Still Life and Street is a woodcut print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher which was first printed in March, 1937. It was his first print of an impossible reality. In this artwork we have two quite distinctly recognizable realities bound together in a natural, and yet at the same time a completely impossible, way. Looked at from the window, the houses make book-rests between which tiny dolls are set up. Looked at from the street, the books stand yards high and a gigantic tobacco jar stands at the crossroads.
A small street in Savona, near Genoa, was the inspiration for this work. Escher said it was one of his favorite drawings and thought he could have drawn it better.
This image is a classic example of Escher's plays on perspective. In it, the horizontal plane of the table continues into the distance to become the street, and the rows of books on the table are seen to lean against the tall buildings that line the street.