M.C. Escher ~ Biography (1898 - 1972)

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This lithograph, Ascending Descending (first published in 1960) is my favourite of all the fantastical prints he created. Mind bending like few other images. It's a kind of bird eye's view of a building and people with stairs, endless stairs. At the heart of it all, seemingly, is an abyss of blackness. The stairs seem to descend into an underground of huge darkness.

You can look at it again and again and it never feels 'right' - it's disquietening - and that's as good as 'art' can get.

If you could lift Escher's head and look around inside, you'd find perspectives without parallel, buildings without 'sense', 'life' on the other side of the door.

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M.C. Escher ~ Biography I

ESCHER, Maurits Cornelis
1898-1972

Artist

Born: 17 June 1898
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: 27 March 1972
Best Known As: Mind-bending artist of "Hand With Reflecting Sphere"

Escher was a 20th century Dutch graphic artist recognized for his unique interpretation of repeating patterns (tessellations), impossible architecture, and skills in woodcutting and lithography.

Although lacking formal training in math or science, he was greatly appreciated by mathematicians, scientists, and crystallographers for his intuitive capacity for transforming geometric shape into a workable and adapting scheme. He became fascinated by the regular Division of the Plane when he visited Alhambra, a 14th-century Moorish castle in Granada, Spain in 1922. Later he would extend his passion from paper to carved beech wood spheres.

M.C. Escher ~ Biog. II

M.C. Escher's mind-bending prints and drawings playfully explore perspective, mirror images and physical space. Two of his best-known prints, Relativity (1953) and Ascending and Descending (1960), feature staircases which seem to defy gravity and run in impossible directions. His most popular work may be Hand With Reflecting Sphere (1935), an image of himself as seen in a globe held in his outstretched hand.

Escher also is known for his tessellations -- mosaics of repetitive designs in which positive and negative images interconnect and sometimes blend into one another. Though Escher was not trained in maths, his work has been embraced by mathematicians who see his drawings as artistic depictions of geometric principles.

Labyrinths of the imagination Imaginary worlds, impossible stairways, paradoxical hallways, enigmatic patterns, and mind-boggling graphics are the trademarks of M.C. Escher’s artwork. His two-dimensional drawings bring to life a fourth dimension where the surfaces of things come together like a Mobius strip. The profoundly original work of Escher has inspired countless artists, designers, and filmmakers and can be considered a genre in itself. This guide provides a mind-bending introduction to the great master’s work.

Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)

M.C. Escher ~ Trivia

He was a regular and prolific letter writer. He also made copies of many of his letters.

He left over 2000 drawings and 448 lithographs, woodcuts and engravings.

Made regular sea voyages.

He was the youngest of five sons.

At secondary school in Arnhem he was taught how to make linocuts by his art teacher, F.W. van der Haagen.

Attended the Higher Technical School in Delft between 1918 & 1919.

First exhibition in his homeland was in February 1924 at the De Zonnebloem gallery in The Hague.

He married Jetta Umiker in Viareggio on 12th June 1924..

First son, George, was born on 23rd July 1923. Second son, Arthur, was born on the 8th December, 1928.

Escher's brother, Beer, was a professor of geology at Leiden University.

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M.C. Escher Bond of Union
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Bond of Union
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M.C. Escher ~ Gallery Notes

Most of the official prints below are available at allposters.com and a direct link to their M.C. Escher page is here. It is always worth buying the officially licensed prints as the quality of reproduction is guaranteed and that is crucial for an art like Escher as detail is key.

M.C Escher ~ Gallery

M. C. Escher. Relativity. Lithograph, 1953
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Relativity. Lithograph, 1953
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M. C. Escher. Dragon
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Dragon
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M. C. Escher Hand with reflecting globe
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Hand with reflecting globe
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M. C. Escher Eye
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Eye
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M. C. Escher. Tetrahedral planetoid
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Tetrahedral planetoid
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M. C. Escher Three spheres I
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Three spheres I
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M. C. Escher Castrovalva
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Castrovalva
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M. C. Escher Ascending and descending
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Ascending and descending
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M. C. Escher Bond of Union
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Bond of Union
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M. C. Escher Sky and Water
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Sky and Water
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M. C. Escher Balcony
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Balcony
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M. C. Escher Still Life and Street
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Still Life and Street
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