M. C. Escher: 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
 

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Contents

Regular division of a plane 8 Swans
7
Horsemen
8
Two intersecting planes
9
Day and night
10
Sun and moon
11
Sky and water 14 Sky and water II
13
Liberation
14
Development
15
Mosaic 1
34
Polyhedrons 57 Double planetoid
57
Tetrahedral planetoid
58
Order and chaos
59
Gravitation
60
Stars
61
Flat worms
62
Relativities 63 Another world Il
63

Verbum
16
Sphere surface with fishes 19 Path of life II
18
Smaller and smaller
19
Whirlpools
20
Circle limit
21
Square limit
22
Circle limit III
23
Fishes and scales
25
Butterflies
26
Reptiles
27
Cycle
28
Encounter
29
Magic mirror
30
Metamorphose
32
Predestination
33
High and
64
Curlup
65
House of stairs
66
Relativity
67
Conflict flatspatial 68 Three spheres
68
Drawing hands
69
Balcony
70
Doric columns
71
Print gallery
72
Dragon
73
Unlimited spaces 36 Depth 37 Cubic space division 38 Three intersecting planes IV Spatial rings and spirals 39 Knots 40 Moebius band II
74
Ascending and descending
75
Waterfall
76
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