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M.C. Escher. The Graphic Work

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An introductory book with key works from Escher's restless investigation of image and perception

From impossible staircases to tesselated birds, Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) crafted a unique graphic language of patterns, puzzles, and mathematics. Dense, complex, and structured by intricate principles, his work is at the same time decorative and playful, toying constantly with optic illusions and the limitations of sensory perception.

For mathematicians and scientists, Escher is a mastermind. For hippies, he was the pioneer of psychedelic art. Born in Leeuwarden, in the Netherlands in 1898, Escher's early works focused on nature and landscapes, with regular exhibitions in Holland, and some international recognition.

This introductory book from TASCHEN Basic Art 2.0 taps into Escher's brilliant mind with key works from his restless investigation of image and perception. Along the way, you'll find fish morphing into birds, lizards crawling off the page, masterful reflections, infinite mazes, and some of the most mind-bending images of 20th-century art. It features:a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his cultural and historical importance, a concise biography and some 100 illustrations with explanatory captions.


  • Hardcover: 96 pages 
  • Date published: September 2022
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9783836529846
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4  x 21.6 cm

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