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M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work

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Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836503181
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: 25th ed.
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 270,229
  • Product dimensions: 9.84 (w) x 12.08 (h) x 0.68 (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 February 20, 2010

    Reproductions are large enough

    Many books about Escher's work have tiny pictures. This book may not be comprehensive, but it has beautiful reproductions large enough to see details that are missed in other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    Thought Calming

    I purchased this book for my daughter who was introduced to M.C. Esher through an art class. She had never shown such interest in an artist and their work. The works are truely thought provoking and mind tamimg. I would censor this book-- for mature youth no younger than 13. There are about three works that have dipictions of male and female genitalia. If a youngster is really interested, you can always cover those works with a blank sheet of paper.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    The Graphic Work M.C. Escher Tashen

    I am very happy with this book. I liked that they put a brief description of each work (including what media was used, the size and the date he made it) in the front of the book and had each work on its own page, nice and big. There's also an introduction by M.C. Escher which is cool.

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