Thursday, August 18, 2011

Artist of the Week: M.C. Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, as can be seen on the many web sites on the internet. full bio here.

  " I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well"
 The Fall of Man

"I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven't the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. I've been doing this work for thirty years now"



" I don't grow up. In me is the small child of my early days"

The official Escher website contains everything you ever wanted to know about him, a complete gallery and video interviews.


  1. I've always loved Escher's stuff, ever since I first got to know him through Hofstadter's book Gödel, Escher, Bach

  2. Francis - thanks for the link! The book sounds very much like something I'd be interested in reading.

  3. AH a wonderful choice Gina. I love Escher!

  4. wow. I look at that drawing of him and see a hint of madness in his eyes. I think that comes with genius. which is what he was. 1948 is my fave of the bunch. oh... I really like 1939 too. and 1959. thanks for sharing Gina. happy day to you.

  5. Wonderful drawings. I like the quote, too.

  6. Should add... I'm referring to the bottom quote about growing up (or not).

  7. The man is a genius. I love his stuff and always have.

  8. Escher's work always intrigues and fascintes - truly that of a genius. It is the stuff of nightmares and dreams, besides precision and illusion.

    Some of these I have not seen before. Also, he is right in saying that it is what he has done for thirty years, as artists should not be pigeon holed.

  9. Yes, he's very cool. Glad you all enjoyed. Wish I'd gone to the Hague now...we were having too much fun staying put in Amsterdam, I guess.

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

    Love, love, love (that's right to the tune of the Beatles song!)

  10. I have always loved Escher's work. As a kid I played around with tessellations - but never anything as elaborate as his, and never in circles! And the knowledge that all of this precision was done by hand - no mechanical assistance, is amazing to me.

    One of my favorites is the angels and devils tessellation. Another is the puddle in the road with reflected clouds, leaves and a koi - so many layers; what's on top?

  11. I first discovered Escher's work at the same time as I was reading about Roger Penrose and his math theories regarding non-periodic tiling. I'm sure they would have fascinated one another.

  12. Steve - I'll have to return to the website to see your favorites.

    Lisa - yes!

    Susan - you are no lightweight when it comes to what you read! But I already knew that. :-)

  13. I love his work!
    especially the dark hued pieces

    genius resides in the small child within us

    Hope sends hugs

  14. Dianne - I saw Kitty and the new baby today!

  15. FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Aloha from Waikiki;

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  16. Did you get to the Berkshire Museum to see his show? It was amazing, hope you didn't miss it!

    This is a nice selection of his work as well.

  17. this is so amazing, his work is way beyond anything i could ever achieve and these quotes are brilliant.... i love the one i am looking at just now-i don't grow up. in me is the small child of my early days.



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