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Maurits Cornelis Escher, more often known as M.C. Escher was one of the most prominent artists of the 20th Century. In fact, if you live in the Western World it is unlikely that you haven't seen one of his fabulous pieces for artwork before.
M.C. Escher, a Dutch artist is famed for the stunning graphics that he created. When you look at M.C. Escher prints you will quickly see that they are unlike anything that has come before it. They tend to be very 'mathematically inspired' with impossibilities the norm. In fact, if you took a little look at some of the works of E.C. Escher you will be at a loss to know how he created something, they seem impossible.
Of course, it is impossible to detail every piece of artwork which was created by this very talented artist, but I do want to discuss a few of the ones which you are most likely to find M.C. Escher prints of.
One of the first pieces of work which catapulted Maurits to worldwide attention was 'Still Life and Street' which was produced in 1937. This fantastic piece of art took a great deal of time to create, and just once glance at it will show you just how powerful this man's mind was. This was created from his own imagination from experiences he garnered over the course of his life, something which very few artists have the ability to do.
A short while late, he produced a brilliant piece of work which became almost a hallmark for his style. This piece of art was titled 'Drawing Hands', and as you can guess, involved two pairs of hands drawing each other. An impossibility, and unlike anything that had been produced before by any artist.
Over the course of his life, the artwork of M.C. Escher changed considerably, although the majority of his prints still bordered on the realms of impossibility. This phase of his life included the drawing of some stunning Italian landscapes, all with a slightly skewed look. In addition to these, he took to painting insects. Both of these styles eventually worked their way into his everyday artwork, and if you take a little look at his later life, you will see insects creep in every so often.
Another technique which Escher explored was 'hyperbolic tessellations', which is an incredibly difficult to understand mathematical topic. For this, he sought the help of one of the top mathematicians in Canada. If you can find prints of his wood engravings entitled Circle Limit I-IV you are in luck as it is one of the best examples of this principle ever created. If you understand the concept then you will be in awe at just how accurate he was at his creations, if you aren't, then you can appreciate the stunning beauty.
When you search for M.C. Escher prints, you are letting yourself for something special. This isn't artwork that just sits there and makes your room look pretty, this is genuine artwork which has been created to make you think, and I feel that is what makes art great. Giving you a talking point, and you certainly are going to get a lot of them with this gentleman's work.
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