The Magic of M.C. Escher

The Magic of M.C. Escher

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M.C. Escher (1898-1972) is renowned for his ability to render the visions of his mind's eye. The visions themselves were remarkable: for Escher, the skin of the visible world was nothing more than a piece of cloth that could be cut, folded, shaped, and rearranged in marvelous ways. A superb draftsman, he portrayed these other-worldly transformations of space within the familiar borders of a sheet of paper. The resulting images have become the favorite artworks of viewers around the world.The Magic of M.C. Escher does justice to this original artist's inventions. Escher's works--woodcuts, lithographs, and drawings, accompanied by quotes from the author--are brilliantly arranged to form a cinematic look at his achievements. Here is the magical world of the artist's mind, an uncharted realm full of exotic conceptions and inventions.
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000
ISBN: 9780500290736
Characteristics: 196 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: De Jager, Marjolijn


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Jan 23, 2017

M.C. Escher, the artist who lived from 1898 to 1972, suffers from horrible overexposure. Who hasn't seen the college dorm room posters, postcards, T-shirts, and coffee mugs of such well-worn images as a hand drawing another hand or gothic buildings with never-ending staircases? The mass reproduction of these images has carved a firm place in our popular culture, yet made the work dismissible as modern art. Beyond the familiar images, though, is an immense body of work. The Magic of M.C. Escher covers in depth the graphic illustrations, woodcuts, and lithographs of Escher's career. The artist has always attracted the attention of scientists, mathematicians, and teenage boys everywhere; the popular 1980s game Dungeons & Dragons seems to borrow heavily from the systematic yet mystical quality of his drawing style. With his amazingly repetitive graphic illustration and unflinchingly control of size, shape, and shading, Escher draws like a human computer. One can only wonder what he might have done with today's graphic tools.

Jan 23, 2017

I really like Escher's beautiful and confounding artwork.

Jan 06, 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*)


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