When you hear the name M.C. Escher, what comes to mind? Wild and surreal tessellations of shapes turning into birds turning into people? Impossible houses the defy gravity with waterfalls rising from nowhere? How about buildings with interconnected staircases coming from all sides?
Escher’s artwork and style is some of the most unique and identifiable in the world, mostly due to his love for mental imagery and so-called impossible art.
But how much do you know about the gifted and mysterious artist, really? Did you know his life was plagued with illness and fleeing from political struggles in Europe? Or that he produced the vast majority of his work while traveling through the Italian countryside, even though he was Dutch?
This artist is just as fascinating as his work!
M.C. stands for Maurits Cornelis
Maurits Cornelis Escher was born on June 17, 1898 in the Netherlands. His friends called him “Mauk,” and while he was a poor student (he failed second grade and was placed in a special school from age seven onward), he was extremely gifted at drawing.
The building above is his birthplace, which is now part of a museum.
He started off by drawing nature
Before the days of geometry, reflections, architecture, and impossible structures, Escher primarily focused on drawings of nature. During this time period, he focused on insects, plants, and landscapes, all of which would form a part of his later work.