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M. C. Escher: Life and Work

is an online tour of 24 prints by the Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972). In the 1920s-30s, Escher developed "the regular division of the plane" and advanced the idea of metamorphosis -- one shape or object turning into something completely different. He also explored complex architectural mazes and the representation of impossible spaces. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

The Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972) was a draftsman, book illustrator, tapestry designer, and muralist, but his primary work was as a printmaker. Born in Leeuwarden, Holland, the son of a civil engineer, Escher spent most of his childhood in Arnhem. Aspiring to be an architect, Escher enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem.
M.C. Escher, 'Relativity,' 1953.  Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection. 1974.28.51

Relativity, 1953

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