The Graphic Work

The Graphic Work

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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
Publisher: K©œln [Germany] : B. Taschen, c2001
ISBN: 9783822858646
Branch Call Number: 769.92 ESC
Characteristics: 16 p., 76 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: M.C. Escher, the graphic work


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Aka_Aka_Aka Jan 23, 2017

I think M.C. Escher's artwork is the greatest. His perception was amazing. He really had a very unique look at the world around him. Yep. He's the greatest.

Jan 22, 2017

Well, darlings - I'd say that Derringer's comments below, pretty much, say it all about Escher and his fantastic artwork.... Be sure to check this book out.

Jan 07, 2017

(*M.C. Escher quote*) - "We adore chaos because we love to produce order."

Of all the many brilliant artists who have come and gone over the centuries - M.C. Escher is, by far, one of my very favourite of them all. And, while looking through this excellent book, it's so easy to see why his work is so timeless and so fascinating.

Originally from the Netherlands - Maurits Cornelis Escher (born June 17, 1898) was a fantastic graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. He is, without question, one of the world's most famous artists. To this day - His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, as can be seen on the many websites on the internet.

Escher is most celebrated for his "so-called" impossible constructions, such as Ascending and Descending, Relativity - As well as his Transformation Prints, such as Metamorphosis I, Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III, Sky & Water I and Reptiles. But he also produced some wonderful, more realistic work during the time he lived and travelled in Italy.

On March 27, 1972 - M.C. Escher died at the age of 74..... (*Watch "3-D Animation" video-clip*)

Aug 29, 2016

A great set of the works of Escher; interesting, playful, altogether enjoyable.

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