Image with Commentary

March 2015

Art historians and art critics have searched for a language to describe the artistic styles that have emerged since the 1940's. Rather than emphasizing the plausibility of a physical object or experience, these styles, frequently labeled post-modern, emphasize the conceptual and creative processes behind the art.

M. C. Escher (1898 –1972) became famous for his conceptual, self -referential and implausible images. Drawing Hands (1948), perhaps his best known work, show two hands drawing each other. These hands holding pens have become cultural icons. With relative ease they are mentally transformed into surgeon's hands holding scalpels.

The hands we see in this monochrome image belong to general surgeon Steven E. Rodgers, MD as he assists in removing a complex hip tumor which has extended into the abdomen. (2015)

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