The magic mirror of M. C. Escher

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"A woman once rang me up and said, 'Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print Reptiles you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation.' I replied, 'Madame, if that's the way you see it, so be it.'" An engagingly sly comment by the renowned Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972)--the complex ambiguities of whose work leave hasty or single-minded interpretations far behind. Long before the first computer-generated 3-D images were thrilling the public, Escher was a master of the third dimension. His lithograph Magic Mirror dates as far back as 1946. In taking that title for this book, mathematician Bruno Ernst is stressing the magic spell Escher's work invariably casts on those who see it. Ernst visited Escher every week for a year, systematically talking through his entire oeuvre with him. Their discussions resulted in a friendship that gave Ernst intimate access to the life and conceptual world of Escher. Ernst's account was meticulously scrutinized and made accurate by the artist himself.

Escher's work refuses to be pigeonholed. Scientific, psychological, or aesthetic criteria alone cannot do it justice. The questions remain. Why did he create the pictures? How did he construct them? What preliminary studies were necessary before achieving the final version? And how are the various images Escher created interrelated? This book, complete with biographical data, 250 illustrations, and explications of mathematical problems, offers answers to these and many other questions, and is an authentic source text of the first order.

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subject_facet Escher, M. C. -- (Maurits Cornelis), -- 1898-1972, Escher, M. C. -- (Maurits Cornelis), -- 1898-1972 -- Criticism and interpretation
title_display The magic mirror of M. C. Escher
title_full The magic mirror of M. C. Escher / Bruno Ernst ; [translated from the Dutch by John E. Brigham], The magic mirror of M.C. Escher / Bruno Ernst ; illustrated by Maurits Cornelis Escher ; [translated from the Dutch by John E. Brigham]
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topic_facet Criticism and interpretation, Escher, M. C