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Exhibitions

Mc Escher: The Mathemagician

01 Feb 2013 - 21 Apr 2013

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery Sarnia, On (Formerly Gallery Lambton)

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world's most famous and recognized artists. Images of his work are reproduced and appreciated by millions of people around the world, yet few have a sense of the depth and details of the artist’s career.

This exhibition features 54 works selected from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, and includes prints that represent the different themes and areas of study that fascinated this extraordinary artist. The works selected for the exhibition trace Escher’s work from his earliest prints, works such as Eight Heads (1922), the first work that shows the artist’s experimentations with the regular division of a planar surface, which was produced during the artist’s enrollment at the School of Architecture and Ornamental Design in Haarlem, Netherlands.

The exhibition also includes examples of Escher’s experiments with different print-making techniques,from the introduction of lithography to his work in 1929 seen in works such as The Bridge (1930) and Tropea Calabria (1931), to one of the artist’s few etchings, the mezzotintMummified Frog of 1946. Finally, the exhibition includes examples of Escher’s plays with impossible architectures Relativity (1953); Belvedere (1958) and Waterfall (1961). 

M.C. Escher,
<em>Hand with Reflecting Sphere<em>, January 1935.
Lithograph on silver coated wove paper, 43.5 x 25 cm; image: 31.8 x 21.4 cm.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1989.
© 2010 The M.C. Escher Company - the Netherlands. All rights reserved. Used by permission. www.mcescher.com
Photo © NGC

M.C. Escher, Hand with Reflecting Sphere, January 1935. Lithograph on silver coated wove paper, 43.5 x 25 cm; image: 31.8 x 21.4 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1989. © 2010 The M.C. Escher Company - the Netherlands. All rights reserved. Used by permission. www.mcescher.com Photo © NGC