Exhibitions

M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician

20 Dec 2014 - 03 May 2015

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Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972) was a skilled draughtsman, book illustrator, tapestry design and muralist, but he is best-known for his prints that reflect his fascination with order, symmetry and spatial logic.

Featuring 54 works drawn from the Gallery’s extensive collection of M.C. Escher prints, this exhibition presents the various themes that fascinated this unique artist.

The works selected for M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician, trace the artist’s career, beginning with the rare woodcut Eight Heads (1922), which illustrates his early interest in patterns of interlocking repetitive shapes, a kind of representation that would later make him famous.

The exhibition also includes examples of the different printmaking processes in which Escher was proficient, from woodcuts (Circular Limit III, 1959), to lithographs (Bond of Union, 1956), and even mezzotint (Mummified Frog, 1946), an extremely laborious technique. Visitors will discover his passion for the Italian landscape (Bonifacio, Corsica, 1928), for perception (Print Gallery, 1956) and for impossible architectures (Relativity, 1953).

 

M.C. Escher<br>
<em>Hand with Reflecting Sphere</em>, January 1935<br>
lithograph on silver coated wove paper, 43.5 x 25 cm; image: 31.8 x 21.4 cm<br>
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1989<br>
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa<br>
M.C. Escher’s “Hand with Reflecting Sphere” © 2016 The M.C. Escher Company – Baarn – The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com<br>
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
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1989
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
M.C. Escher’s “Hand with Reflecting Sphere” © 2016 The M.C. Escher Company – Baarn – The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com
Photo © NGC