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Reptiles, 1943

The gin glass, the ashtray, and the small packet of cigarette paper all suggest that the artist has "just left" and in his absence his drawing has come to life. The notebook depicted is an actual object, one of six known to remain, which include his drawings on the regular division of the plane. The fictional reptiles, illogically rising from a two dimensional world, crawl over a zoology book and a dodecahedron (a distinctly 3D object), after which they leave the spatial universe and return to the two dimensional plane. The entire cycle of which, of course, is depicted within the two dimensions of the print.