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"M.C. Escher"
Carola Otte
Berlin, GERMANY


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Maurits Cornelis Escher (18981972)
M.C. Escher was a Dutch artist, who is most famous for his depiction of impossible structures and his tesselation techniques.
After studying graphic arts, Escher spent several years in Italy, where he mainly produced realistic landscape pictures. Some of the motives from this period would reappear in some of his later works.
After his return to the Netherlands, Escher began working on his Transformation prints. These pictures show different ways of filling a surface with irregular shapes, whereby these shapes change bit by bit.
A lot of Escher's work shows his interest in three dimensional geometric structures, such as polyhedra, Moebius strips, or helices. His most famous pictures, though, are of impossible structures, which play with unusual perspectives and deceptions of the eye.
Escher's work cannot be classified in any category of the classical arts. This may be a reason why Escher was not accepted as an artist for a long time. In contrast, scientists and mathematicians have appreciated his clear, exact works for a long time, as they approach mathematic topics intuitively and illustrate scientific problems.
I am particularly fascinated by Escher's combination of mathematics and arts, and by his playful ways of showing three dimensionality on a two dimensional surface.



