M.C. Escher (1898-1972) The Art of Tessellations
A Brief History • Escher was born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. • After failing his high school exams, he enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. After a week of architecture he chose to study graphic arts instead. • He is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. • During his lifetime, made 448 lithographs (prints), woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches. • He illustrated books, designed tapestries, postage stamps and murals. His tessellations are what this presentation will focus on.
Drawings & Prints Tower of Babel 1928 woodcut Hand with Reflecting Sphere 1935 Lithograph
Drawings & Prints Cont’d Three Spheres II 1946 Lithograph Balcony 1945 Lithograph
Drawings & Prints Cont’d Relativity 1953 Lithograph Other World 1947