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M.C. Escher Correspondence:
Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), Dutch graphic artist, is well-known for his woodcuts, wood engravings and lithographs which play with the laws of perspective and gravity. M.C. Escher wrote regularly to his eldest son, George Escher (1926- ), an aeronautics engineer, after George and his wife immigrated to Canada in 1958.
The correspondence consists of photocopies of letters, in Dutch, written by M.C. Escher to his son George, to George's wife, Corrie, and to the couple's two children, Juliet (1960- ) and Kathleen (1963- ). There is also a letter written by Escher's youngest son Jan to George Escher, as well as several letters addressed by M.C. Escher to various other individuals, all of which are included in the collection to provide narrative continuity. The letters discuss Escher's work, including current projects, collaborative books on his art, the sale of his prints, and the production of various films on his life (including the CBC production, Man at the Center (1969)). The letters also make reference to the artist's health, his family and friends, his personal reading, current events and the celebrities, political officials and academics who came into contact with Escher over the course of his career (including F.D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Stanley Kubrick ( -1999) and Dr. Arthur L. Loeb).
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of collection.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada by George Escher, 1991.
Location of originals: The original correspondence, together with the greater part of M.C. Escher's archive, are in the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.
Language: Correspondence has been translated into English and these translations are housed with the collection.
General note: George Escher also donated over 160 original prints by M.C. Escher to the National Gallery of Canada in 1990.
M.C. Escher correspondence, Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada.