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Maurits Cornelis Escher

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Artists portrait of Maurits Cornelis Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher

  • Born: 17. June 1898 in Leeuwarden
  • Died: 27. March 1972
Born on June 17th, 1898 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, the graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher is one of the exceptional artists of the 20th century. With his constructive, mathematical paintings in which seemingly impossible becomes possible, he created a unique form of art that combined different levels of contemplation in a single perspective. He was able to chop and change the physics of time and space, enabling a waterfall to flow upwards, for example. The viewer has to approach Escher´s paintings on a logocal and rational level, rather then on a emotional one. After spending long periods in Italy, Escher moved with his family into a suburb of Brussels in 1937, and then to Baarn in the Netherlands. Initially his paintings tended to be conventional, usually consisting of landscapes with a southern ambience, often as woodcuts. His mathematical construction style developed to full bloom after he left Italy and moved to his Flemish home during the dark years of war. He went through three different phases of paintings until his death on March 27th, 1972: Metamorphosis from 1937 until 1945, Perspectiv paintings between 1946 end 1956 and finally the period of Approach to Infinity until 1970. In his works Escher succeeded in showing the ultimate limits of presentation and the underlying laws behind them.
The pictures are predominantly assigned to the art direction Fantastic Realism.
Maurits Cornelis Escher was mainly concerned with the following motives: Optical Illusions.
The art works of the artist are dominated by the colors gray, black and white.