Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings, and Related Work of M.C. Escher
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Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings, and Related Work of M.C. Escher

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The only book to combine illustrations of M.C. Escher's notebooks with the complete body of his symmetry drawings (180 of which were unpublished before this book). It offers a fascinating journey of discovery for Escher afficionados of all kinds, including artists, designers, historians, mathematicians, and scientists. "A study of Escher's art and thoughts and an intellect...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 15th 1992 by W. H. Freeman (first published November 21st 1990)
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Genevieve C
Yay! This gives a lot of biographical information on Escher and explores how he created his art. Wow.
Martin
This wonderful book strikes the exact proper balance of biographic detail and expository analysis on the one hand, and beautiful reproductions of the artist's artwork from prints, installations, and above all personal sketchbooks on the other hand. It's essentially a narrowly specialist biography: its focus is Escher's artistic and intellectual oeuvre on regular tessellations of the plane, and how his understanding and output in this field evolved over his lifetime. That said, the book is full o...more
Bill Wells
A great book! The focus of looking at Escher's work as it relates to mathematics gives you a whole new insight. The examination of his notebooks and research material was very enlightening. Maybe not for the casual fan or someone who is looking for an introduction to his work, but a wonderful book for someone interested in how an artist's ideas germinate and the history involved in that.
Jim
Fascinating book. Kind of a peek into his notebook to give you an idea of design elements into his works. It gives you an excellent idea of how his mind works. Probably not the 1st Escher book you should get, becuase it's rather specialized. If you are only going to have a single escher book, this is probably not the best one. But if you have gone past being 'Interested' in Escher, and have progressed to being "Fascinated with" you need this book.

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Kathleen
This book further enhance my love for M.C. Escher. Symmetry is a beautiful thing.
Sherry
Mmmmm....Escher...very cool.
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