Harunobu & Escher

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Posted by Gerald Schmieder on February 01, 2003 at 01:02:16:

M.C. Escher is well known for his graphics, which show "impossible" objects,
i.e. two-dimensional projections of three-dimensional things without any
realization in the real (euclidean) space (sorry, I am mathematician).
Examples are the "impossible" cube and the image "Belvedere".

Harunobu already detected the same effect in his print "Courtesan on Veranda",
which is depicted for example in the standard reference "Images from the
Floating World" by Richard Lane on page 109. On the left side we see a curtain
and obtain a contradiction of 90 degrees if we compare the upper and the lower
restriction of it. Of course this was Harunobu's intention and no mistake in this
design. But I never saw any comment in this direction.
Many Harunobu prints contain subtle humour. Maybe this shows another category of
his humour.

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