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M. C. Escher – The Graphic artist

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” I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well”

 

 

Drawing hands

 

 

Snakes 1969

 

Self Potrait 1929

 

Maurits Cornelis Escher 17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972, 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.

M.C. Escher was a Dutch graphic artist, most recognized for spatial illusions, impossible buildings, repeating geometric patterns and his incredible techniques in woodcutting and lithography.

He was a man studied and greatly appreciated by respected mathematicians, scientists and crystallographers. Yet he had no formal training in maths nor science. He was a humble man who considered himself neither as an artist nor as a mathematician.

His work continues to fascinate both young and old across a broad spectrum of interests.

Intricate repeating patterns, mathematically complex structures, spacial perspectives all require a “second look”.

In Escher’s work, what you see the first time is most certainly not all there is to see..

 

Relativity lattice

 

Although Escher did not have mathematical training—his understanding of mathematics was largely visual and intuitive—Escher’s work had a strong mathematical component, and more than a few of the worlds which he drew are built around impossible objects such as the Necker cube and the Penrose triangle.

 

Portrait of a Man, 1920 - M.C. Escher

Portrait of man 1920

 

Mosaic 1951

 

 

 

3 Spheres

 

 

Procession in Crypt

 

 

Convex and Concave, 1955 - M.C. Escher

Convex and concave 1955

 

” So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen”

 

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