Escher sees himself as someone who has found security. To some extent he has, because he has fallen in love with Jetta Ummiker and she has not rejected him. It is interesting in this context to compare this portrait with a photograph from that period. We see a considerably more open and, dare I say it, a slightly shy young man. This lends a nuanced quality to the self portrait.
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