M. C. Escher: The Graphic Work: Introduced and Explained by the Artist

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Renowned artist 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. Weird, beautiful, finely detailed illusions.

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Overview

Renowned artist 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. Weird, beautiful, finely detailed illusions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783822858646
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Basic Art Series
  • Pages: 77
  • Sales rank: 430,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

M. C. Escher (Dutch 1898-1972) made relatively realistic art—landscapes, portraits—until his early middle age. Then, increasingly fascinated by the tension between two-dimensional representation and the mind's tenacious three-dimensional perception, he began to create prints and drawings in which realism collides with impossibility. Working alone, with no mathematics background, he produced "symmetry drawings" that graphically represented the phenomena of crystallography and foretold the concept of a fractal universe. He challenged the hegemony of so-called natural laws with renderings of courtyards where up and down lose their meaning; of structures that flout gravity and perspective, of abstract patterns that gradually metamorphose into wriggling, flapping beasts. These wildly ingenious new designs reflected the order and beauty Escher saw in a world that often seemed chaotic. Strangely logical manipulations of space, his works are slyly humorous visually stunning, and rigorously obedient to their own physics and perspectives. Escher's world is best enjoyed if you are willing to see from several viewpoints at once.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Interesting & Inspiring

    To those who want to inspire youngens and the like into art or mathematics, this is a great book for them to take a look at. The pictures are mind boggling. What a genius M.C. Escher was. I was moved to purchase this book since I study math and the hope was to present to some students to hopefully inspire them in the areas of tesselations, graphic arts and the like.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Wonderful gift for young graphic artist

    The work of M.C. Escher is not known as widely today as it was30, 40 or more years ago. It is classic. All artists in any media can learn from his work and his life experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    a must see

    Escher was ...still is ..A GENIUS! his work is just amazing...his brain must have been structurally different to see things the way he did

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