The Magic of M.C. Escher

The Magic of M.C. Escher

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A splendid presentation of the master's work in a handsomely designed, oversize volume (11x13"). The 367 illustrations include drawings and preliminary sketches as well as finished works. The text, which is translated from the Dutch, comes from notebooks, journals, and lectures by M.C. Escher, accompanied by an introduction and some commentary by J.L. Locher, who is director of the Gemeetemuseum, The Hague. The chairman of the M.C. Escher Foundation provides a foreword emphasizing the fresh approach this book takes and the insightfulness of Locher's comments on the work of his friend. Art lovers and, in particular, art students cannot fail to be intrigued by Escher's own words. For example, in a 1955 letter to his son, "God, god. I wish I'd learn to draw a little better! What exertion and determination it takes to try and do it well...." Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000.
ISBN: 9780810967205
Branch Call Number: 769.92 Esche 3701 3
Characteristics: 196 pages : illustrations (some color)


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769.92 Esche (Prints) Famous for his symmetry and tesselations.

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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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