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The Magic of M. C. Escher


The Magic of M. C. Escher


The Magic of M. C. Escher

Introduction by J. L. Locher
Foreword by W. F. Veldhuysen



‘I believe that every artist, in the final analysis, wants nothing other than to tell his fellow man what he has on his mind’
- M.C. Escher, 1952


No artist ever worked harder to render the visions of his mind’s eye than M.C. Escher. A superb draughtsman, he set himself the challenge of portraying other-worldly transformations of space within the familiar boundaries set by a sheet of paper. The resulting images have become the favourite artworks of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

This powerfully original artist has long deserved a book that does justice to his visual invention: this is it. Escher’s works are arranged to form a cinematic journey of discovery, brilliantly interweaving his better-known prints with numerous unpublished working drawings and sketches (including 12 full-colour fold-outs), the artist’s eloquent words, and observations by Escher expert J.L. Locher.

As beautiful and rigorous as an Escher work itself, The Magic of M.C. Escher is destined to become the classic study of a great maverick who so memorably linked the world of image-making with geometry and paradox.

J.L. Locher is Director of the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague. He edited , also published by Thames & Hudson. W.F. Veldhuysen is Chairman of the M.C. Escher Foundation in the Netherlands.




ISBN 0500 975914

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