” I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well”
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..
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 man 1920
Procession in Crypt
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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