M.C. Escher (1898-1972) is my favorite graphic artist. He lived and worked in Europe, mostly Switzerland and Italy, and is very well known for his of tesselations of natural figures, and for his depictions of unusual spaces and buildings.
All of the artwork of M.C. Escher displayed at this web site are details, no work has been reproduced in its entirety.
Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher was born on June 17, 1898, in the province of Friesland, Holland. He took up art in 1919, and became famous in the 1940s and 1950s for his novel tesselations of the plane and realistic depictions of impossible scenes and infinite vistas. He lived all of his life in Europe, and died in Hilversum, Holland in 1972.
For a more detailed accounts of Escher's life, see one of the following:
Here are a few of my favorites of Escher's lesser known graphic works. Just click on one of the thumbnails to see the larger image. Visit one of the sites listed below, or my own picture gallery, for more images.
Here are some links to Escher resources on the net.
Official Escher home page
Cordon Art b.v. runs this official web site for the artist, featuring a good selection of images, some background/bio information, and links. Very nicely done.
Escher: Artist or Mathematician?
Very nice site made by students as part of a web competition.
Lots of Escher fans at Geocities. Check out these small sites about him at the Geocities community:
Modest site offering information on periodic tiling patterns and some of Escher's work in that area.
This web ring has lots of sites devoted to M.C. Escher
Dutch Escher cultural page
This is his home country's "official" Escher page. The text is in Dutch, but there were good pictures. Recently, it seems that this site has been removed?
M.C. Escher Centennial Page
Very nice site celebrating the 100th anniversary of M.C. Escher's birth (MCE born 6/17/1898). Good resources here for teachers.
World of Escher
A comprehensive Escher site with lots of pictures and descriptions, tessalation contests, and a shopping section. This is the main Escher site on the web in North America.
3-D Escher Models
Some hand-crafted models of some of Escher's impossible buildings, plus a good list of links.
PÓgina de M. C. Escher
A fairly informative Escher site in Catalan (also available in Spanish).
Escher by Kilter
Well-organized and attractive Escher site, with many images.
Virtually Gone Escher Gallery at Berkeley
This used to be a nice gallery of Escher pictures, but now it is just a list of links to Escher-related web pages.
Escher Art Gallery (formerly at Auburn)
Modest but solid Escher image site, with a very broad selection of pictures shown as helpful thumbnails. Includes some of Escher's less-known works.
M.C. Escher at Artists' Market
An art dealer/gallery that handles Escher originals, located in Norwalk, CT. The site includes rare Escher information and photos.
Patterns, Symmetry, and Tessellations
Education-oriented site with broad coverage of symmetry and tilings. Includes some Escher material, and lots of related stuff.
Nice site about tilings and other ways to fill 2D space, including Escher's tesselations.
Ozzigami Tessellations & Punography
Original artistic and thematic tessellations, very interesting work.
Psychoactive Escher Museum
Site where you can download a 3-D walkthrough of some of Escher's works.
Escher FTP Directory - Sweden
A very good collection of Escher images.
McAllister's Escher Image Collection
Another nice collection of Escher images.
Escher Picture Slideshow
Escher's Page at Etropolis
A cool-design site where you can explore Escher's ideas and lots of prints.
Escher's "Metamorphose" Interactive
An interesting page where you can examine Escher's 1940 masterpiece Metamorphose interactively. [Requires Java]
at the National Gallery
Escher holdings of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. (Back in early 98 there was a nice exhibit page here, but it seems to have disappeared.)
Escher Paint site
Cool interactive site that allows you to generate Escher-like tesselation images.
World of Geometry
Broad geometry site, with some Escher and tesselation material. Features a lot of original geometric designs, some Escher-inspired.
Here are some books (and one interactive disc) that you can read to learn about M.C. Escher.
(Byron Priess Multimedia, Abrams Inc)
An interactive CD-ROM for MS-Windows, includes history of Escher's work, interactive puzzles, tesselation generator, and print gallery. Available only from Byron Priess Multimedia..
And the incomparable Pulitzer Prize winner..
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