M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work
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M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work


Presenting the structurally unthinkable as though it were a law of nature M.C. Escher was born in 1898 in Leeuwarden (Netherlands). He received his first drawing lessons during secondary school from F.W. van der Haagen, who also taught him the block printing, thus fostering Escher s innate graphic talents. From 1912 to 1922 he studied at the School of Architecture and Ornamental Design in Haarlem, where he was instructed in graphic techniques by S. Jessurun de Mesquita, who greatly influenced Escher s further artistic development. Between 1922 and 1934 the artist lived and worked in Italy. Afterwards Escher spent two years in Switzerland and five in Brussels before finally moving back to Barn in Holland, where he died in 1972. M.C. Escher is not a surrealist drawing us into his dream world, but an architect of perfectly impossible worlds who presents the structurally unthinkable as though it were a law of nature. The resulting dimensional and perspectival illusions bring us into confrontation with the limitations of our sensory perception. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN s Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions "

Title:M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:92 pages

    M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work Reviews

  • Petra Eggs
    Aug 30, 2008

    Escher is enlightening, mind-bending and if the essence (not the stories) of the sci-fi genre of other worlds could be painted instead of written, it would look like this....

  • Bill
    Oct 16, 2007

    Like most high school and college students, I went through an Escher phase. Without the aid of psychotropic substances or any sort of interest in vaguely mathematical patterns, mind you, so it didn't ...

  • Milica Chotra
    Aug 24, 2012

    "(T)here came a moment when it seemed as though scales fell from my eyes. I discovered that technical mastery was no longer my sole aim, for I became gripped by another desire, the existence of which ...

  • Joey
    Jun 15, 2010

    This book contains art along with comments from the artist explaining what he was trying to accomplish and where he felt he did well and not so well. His words add a lot to the appreciation of the wel...

  • Giuliana keimich
    Mar 31, 2010

    Amazing combination of draw, math, shadow and creativity....

  • Paola Ghisalberti
    Nov 25, 2013

    love travelling thru his art! magical!...

  • Susan
    Aug 20, 2012

    I love that small children are drawn to this!...

  • Oana Sipos
    Mar 20, 2016

    This guy was a genious and every sketch is a challenge for your mind. Recommended to #analyse....

  • Kathy
    May 11, 2017

    All the illustrations were from Escher's "impossible" drawings. He fascinates a viewer with his imagination and perspective...

  • Heather
    Mar 17, 2017

    M.C. Escher's art has always fascinated me and this is a great collection of some of his most famous prints. ...

About M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher, usually referred to as M.C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture and tessellations.Maurits Cornelis, or "Mauk" as he came to be nicknamed, was was the youngest son of civil engineer George Arnold Escher and hi