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M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  58,959 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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 1956)
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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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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
Mehsi
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
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Susan
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love that small children are drawn to this!
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.
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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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.
Devero
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bestehanimlar
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jon Greene
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and fascinating.
Emelia
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Dayna
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.
Guy
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.
Daisy
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Jojo
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Escher's work an to see his drawings with details of the context and geometry is heaven to me
Quincy
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Marco
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Chi si meraviglia di qualcosa si rende consapevole di tale meraviglia."
Craig
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Irving
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Rosie
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.
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
Jake Woods
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nakia
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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“«It is impossible for the inhabitants of different worlds to walk or sit or stand on the same floor, because they have differing conceptions of what is horizontal and what is vertical. Yet they may well share the use of the same staircase. On the top staircase illustrated here, two people are moving side by side and in the same direction, and yet one of them is going downstairs and the other upstairs. Contact between them is out of the question because they live in different worlds and therefore can have no knowledge of each other's existence.»” 3 likes
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