Artworks and Artists
M.C. Escher
Born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 17 June 1898
Died in Hilversum, Netherlands, 27 March 1972
George Escher

M.C. Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher is born June 17, 1898 in Leeuwarden, in the northern Netherlands. He studies graphic art in Haarlem from 1919 to 1922, and settles in Rome in 1924. The artist sketches the countryside in summer and is deeply impressed by the hillside towns of southern Italy. He develops his sketches into prints in winter. M.C. Escher leaves Rome in 1935 to escape the rising tide of Fascism, moves to Switzerland, then returns to the Netherlands in 1941 and settles in Baarn. Inspired by Moorish mosaics, he studies ways to make recognizable figures repeat themselves and fill the plane perfectly. The prints he produces from his studies amazes the scientific community and soon after the general public. For the rest of his life, the work of the artist will blend art and science. With imagination and dazzling technical skill, he will produce playful prints of impossible worlds with stunning optical effects. M.C. Escher died on March 27, 1972 in Hilversum, Netherlands.