M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work

M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work

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

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About M.C. Escher

, 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: The Graphic Work Reviews

  • 7jane

    This is a great was to explore this artist's work, especially since here the introduction and the picture explanation are done by him (written before his death in 1972). In the introduciton he talks, ...

  • Bill

    Like most high school and college students, I went through an Escher phase. Without the aid of psychotropic substances or any sort of interest in vaguely mathematical patterns, mind you, so it didn't ...

  • Mehsi

    Een mooi boek over Escher's werken. Ik heb eigenlijk niet echt de beschrijvingen gelezen die voor in het boek stonden, ik kwam voor de tekeningen. :P En die stelden zeker niet teleur. Er waren er zelf...

  • Susan

    I love that small children are drawn to this!...

  • Joey

    This book contains art along with comments from the artist explaining what he was trying to accomplish and where he felt he did well and not so well. His words add a lot to the appreciation of the wel...

  • Giuliana keimich

    Amazing combination of draw, math, shadow and creativity....

  • Paola Ghisalberti

    love travelling thru his art! magical!...

  • Oana Sipos

    This guy was a genious and every sketch is a challenge for your mind. Recommended to #analyse....

  • Gratsiela Borisova

    The album is overall good - high-quality print and it includes quotes from Escher himself. What I didn't like was how the text and images are distributed throughout the album. All descriptions are in ...

  • Destarte

    I've always adored the works of M.C. Escher. This is a small, yet stunning collection which included many of my faves. His talent was unsurpassed & most impressive. Only thing that could've made it be...