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

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  85 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Visions of symmetry contains Esch r's complete set of symmetry drawings reproduced in full colour and two Escher notebooks (which contain his theory of symmetry). In all, there are more than 350 intriguing illustrations (about 80 of which have never been published.)
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 15th 1992 by W. H. Freeman (first published November 21st 1990)
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Genevieve C
Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Yay! This gives a lot of biographical information on Escher and explores how he created his art. Wow.
Martin
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim
May 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mathematics
The most in depth of the books I've read on Escher, although it only deals with one part of his work -- the regular divisions of the plane. It traces the origins of his work on tilings through his notebooks, which are all translated in the book; gives full page reproductions of all 137 numbered drawings, and 14 unnumbered drawings, with notes on each one; and discusses the mathematical and other questions related to the works. Very interesting, although somewhat technical in places.
Bill Wells
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Mahinn
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mindblown. If you can get yourself to stop looking at the pictures you might even read the book.
Kathleen
This book further enhance my love for M.C. Escher. Symmetry is a beautiful thing.
Sherry
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mmmmm....Escher...very cool.
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