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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 Orna
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Paperback, 92 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Taschen (first published 1954)
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After René Magritte, M.C. Escher is probably one of my favorite modern artists. This book is a collection of his graphic work, focusing mainly on tessellations, but also on things like impossible objects, metamorphoses, distortion, and reflection. He's most famous for the Escherian stairs, and also the hands drawing each other into infinity. Escher's work is the kind of art you can just stare at for long periods of time, marveling at the
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7jane
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, among other things, of how he creates the works, his wood-preferences, and the development of his style. Each picture's description includes the title, type of work, date, measurements, and a comment of some length.

Most of the pictures are black and white, some have color. They are in 10 groupings,
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Petra-X
Escher is enlightening, mind-bending and if the essence (not the stories) of the sci-fi genre of other worlds could be painted instead of written, it would look like this.
Bill
Oct 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-and-design
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 last long, but still, it happened, and this was the book I bought as it was going on. And, you know, it's a reprinting of various Escher pieces. At the time, I'd have probably rated it 5 stars, but now, it gets an "I'm no longer quite so impressed, but still appreciate the artistry involved" 3 star ...more
Lthmath
This is a very interesting experience! It's not just a book, it is a story, it is an exhibition, it is an experience.

It starts with a great introduction by Escher, that just made me want to read even more about his life and his beliefs. After, you go straight into the images and their descriptions. I enjoyed the fact that all the images were grouped into categories, which made everything way easier to understand the concepts and the philosophie behind them. On the other hand, the fact that the
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Milica Chotra
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"(T)here came a moment when it seemed as though scales fell from my eyes. I discovered that technical mastery was no longer my sole aim, for I became gripped by another desire, the existence of which I had never suspected. Ideas came into my mind quite unrelated to graphic art, notions which so fascinated me that I longed to communicate them to other people. This could not be achieved through words, for these thoughts were not literary ones, but mental images of a kind that can only be made comp ...more
Aditi Bhatt
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, art, design
Well, Escher is a brilliant designer. I had always wanted to see and read about his works. This book displays his best works with a brief description of the inspiration, idea, character, and medium of the artwork. His works are really difficult to believe to be true because they are all hand made. Trust me, it is near to impossible to even think of such out of box ideas in this tech world. Being a student of architecture, I truly enjoyed the part, Impossible buildings. It can be easily understoo ...more
Susan
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love that small children are drawn to this!
Addison
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of some of Escher’s best work. Great to browse through. Really gives a kick to the creative juices in your brain!
Vov
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
I'll start off by saying that I'm a sucker for Escher's art. He was a brilliant artist.

This is a very short book (a few hours worth of content, if you like to take your time and carefully examine each piece), showcasing some of Escher's famous works. Explanations in Escher's own words to each of his works is a nice and welcome touch, as well as the division of art by subject (Mirror Images, Inversion, Relativities etc). However, I did find the explanations segment placement a poor choice - it co
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Gratsiela Borisova
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
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 one place (at the beginning of the album), and all the images are shoved after that. If you want to read the description of only one specific print maybe you won't find this problematic, but if you want to read everything from start to finish it becomes too much of a hassle.
After I read the album it
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Lamski Kikita
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unlike most people whose attraction to Escher's work comes from the magic of the 3-D effects and visual illusions, my reverence for him comes from his pure mastery of his craft. As a printmaker myself, I know how hard it is to get precision and details in, say, a wood carving, let alone create such fine lines and details that even some eyes might miss. Simple amazing.
Howard Gordon
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dutch artist M. C. Escher crafted dense, complicated structures at once beautiful and playful, exploring the limits of perception and the relationships between figures and space, mostly with woodcuts and lithographs.

This book consists of key works from these investigations, animals changing species and crawling off page, mazes and reflections that would have fascinated Borges.
Destarte
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 better would've been the size of the book. It was smaller than I expected, which is unfortunate considering the detail in each piece. ...more
James
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in art, design, fantasy, mathematics
Incredibly skilled, often strikingly beautiful, sometimes whimsical and sometimes disturbing. The soul revealed through these images is a strange one; sometimes it seems as if he had one foot in the future and the other in the middle ages.
Joey
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 well known images. It's a fun book that would be great to get again to study and try recreating.
Giuliana keimich
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ilustration
Amazing combination of draw, math, shadow and creativity.
Paola Ghisalberti
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love travelling thru his art! magical!
Oana Sipos
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uncommon
This guy was a genious and every sketch is a challenge for your mind. Recommended to #analyse.
Courtland
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Splendid depictions of often dreamlike labyrinths, patterns, infinities, mirrors, and illusions, no wonder his art is on the covers of Borges' short story collections.
N3O
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What?!? One of my favorite artists has ANOTHER book about him? Say it isn’t so! Well, it is, and I have a confession, I liked it. Some of these types of books are not worth the dust they collect in the Clearance Bon. However, simply stated, this does highlight Escher’s work in a good way. What is not to like?
Kathy
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
All the illustrations were from Escher's "impossible" drawings. He fascinates a viewer with his imagination and perspective
Rosie
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Craig
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Emelia
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Cade
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Nakia
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A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Daisy
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Adriel
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Valentine
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
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Maurits Cornelis 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.

Maurits Cornelis, or "Mauk" as he came to be nicknamed, was was the youngest son of civil engineer George Arnold Escher and hi
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