M.C. Escher
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 Ornamental Design in Haarlem, where he was instructed in graphic techniques by S. Jessurun de Mesquita, who greatly influenced Escher's further artistic development. Between 1922 and 1934 the artist lived and worked in Italy. Afterwards Escher spent two years in Switzerland and five in Brussels before finally moving back to Barn in Holland, where he died in 1972. M.C. Escher is not a surrealist drawing us into his dream world, but an architect of perfectly impossible worlds who presents the structurally unthinkable as though it were a law of nature. The resulting dimensional and perspectival illusions bring us into confrontation with the limitations of our sensory perception. About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

M.C. Escher Details

TitleM.C. Escher
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2001
PublisherTaschen
ISBN-139783822858646
Rating
GenreArt, Nonfiction, Design, Reference, Art History, Biography, Art Design, Drawing, Photography, Art and Photography

M.C. Escher Review

  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 rating. If you like this sort of thing, though, this is the sort of book you'll like.
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  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    Een mooi boek over Escher's werken. Ik heb eigenlijk niet echt de beschrijvingen gelezen die voor in het boek stonden, ik kwam voor de tekeningen. :P En die stelden zeker niet teleur. Er waren er zelfs een paar die ik nog niet kende, of die niet meteen een Oh, die, momentje aanwakkerde. Escher was echt briljant met zijn art, en dat allemaal zonder enig hulp van een computer, wat me nieuwsgierig maakt naar wat Escher nog meer had kunnen maken als hij nu nog had geleefd. :)Zeker een aanrader als j Een mooi boek over Escher's werken. Ik heb eigenlijk niet echt de beschrijvingen gelezen die voor in het boek stonden, ik kwam voor de tekeningen. :P En die stelden zeker niet teleur. Er waren er zelfs een paar die ik nog niet kende, of die niet meteen een Oh, die, momentje aanwakkerde. Escher was echt briljant met zijn art, en dat allemaal zonder enig hulp van een computer, wat me nieuwsgierig maakt naar wat Escher nog meer had kunnen maken als hij nu nog had geleefd. :)Zeker een aanrader als je, net als ik, geinteresseerd ben in Escher's art.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I love that small children are drawn to this!
  • Joey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Giuliana keimich
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing combination of draw, math, shadow and creativity.
  • Paola Ghisalberti
    January 1, 1970
    love travelling thru his art! magical!
  • Oana Sipos
    January 1, 1970
    This guy was a genious and every sketch is a challenge for your mind. Recommended to #analyse.
  • Devero
    January 1, 1970
    Un paio di anni fa li vidi dal vero, a una mostra a Roma, gli originali di Escher. Già nelle sue prime illustrazioni, realistiche, si intuisce qualcosa di come evolverà il suo stile e delle meraviglie che creerà.Per me resta uno dei migliori del XX secolo, meglio di artisti sopravvalutati come Picasso, Warhol o Matisse o Dalì.
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  • Bestehanimlar
    January 1, 1970
    Sanatçının kendi sunumu olması bence bir artı. Çünkü tam anlamıyla ne düşündüğünü ve yapıtlarını oluştururken nasıl bir yol izlediğini ilk ağızdan öğrenebiliyoruz. Bunun dışında alışılmış sanat kitapları gibi sanatçının yaşamıyla ilgili detaylı bilgi bulunmuyor, bunun bir eksi olduğunu düşünmüyorum.
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  • Jon Greene
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful and fascinating.
  • Emelia
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Dayna
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Adriel
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Guy
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Valentine
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Quincy
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Marco Odradek
    January 1, 1970
    "Chi si meraviglia di qualcosa si rende consapevole di tale meraviglia."
  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Irving
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Rosie
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Cade
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    All the illustrations were from Escher's "impossible" drawings. He fascinates a viewer with his imagination and perspective
  • Jake Woods
    January 1, 1970
    Within You / Without You
  • Devero
    January 1, 1970
    Per chi ama Escher e le sue opere; la versione inglese in nulla è superiore a quella italiana nelle immagini, ma la presentazione è diversa e ugualmente interessante.
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    January 1, 1970
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  • Nakia
    January 1, 1970
    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    M.C. Escher's art has always fascinated me and this is a great collection of some of his most famous prints.
  • Elizabeth Sims
    January 1, 1970
    This book spoke to me so hard in college back in the 70s. But I gave it away after a while. Saw the Escher touring show last year(?) I think and bought a new copy! I still love MCE's combining of the hallucinogenic and the precise.
  • Howard Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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