Escher Essay

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Maurits Cornelius Escher was born on June 17th, 1898 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. His
father was a civil engineer. Escher’s great skill for art and drawing was realized at an
early age. This led his father to decide to send him to study at the School of
Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. But, when he was 21 years old, Escher gave up
architecture to study in the field of graphic arts.

Escher spent most of his life travelling in Europe looking for inspiration for his works.
In 1921 he got married and stayed in Rome. This is when his works of art began to show
landscapes with impossible perspectives.

In the 1930s, Fascism in Italy made life impossible for Escher and his family, so they
moved to Switzerland. In 1936, Escher visited the Alhambra in Granada. The Moorish tiling
he came across was amazing too him.

Escher read and understood Pólya’s paper on the 17 planes of symmetry, even though he
didn't understand all of the ideas in the paper. Between 1936 and 1942 Escher concentrated
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