1

So M.C. Escher created a piece of art called "Smaller & Smaller". The problem is, when you look it up, two similar but non-identical pieces of art come up:

and

The color difference isn't a big deal, since Escher is known for making copies with different colors. The problem is the other, non-color differences (look at the corners in particular).

So, why are there two of them? Are both made by M.C. Escher, or is one a fake?

  • 2
    Artists do test pieces and often these survive and sometimes they do variations on a theme. I'd think this is more of a question about visual arts than about history. – KillingTime Mar 14 '18 at 18:17
  • @KillingTime is there a place I could migrate it, perhaps? – PyRulez Mar 14 '18 at 18:27
  • Try asking this on here. – Jake Mar 14 '18 at 19:00
  • "Smaller & Smaller" is the first one; I'm not sure what the second one came from, but perhaps Wikiart misidentified it. Perhaps it's an earlier draft or a later variation? – Semaphore Mar 14 '18 at 19:21
  • 1
    It isn't uncommon for artists to have multiple similar works that have the same name. For instance, there are four versions of Munch's "The Scream" – Steven Burnap Mar 14 '18 at 20:11

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.