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A Brief Biography Of Maurits Cornelis Escher

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When admiring the world’s most famous graphic artists there is one that stands out from the rest. M.C. Escher’s works have amazed people around the world for nearly a century. During his lifetime, Escher made 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches. He is best known for his mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These works feature what seem to be impossible constructions and studies of infinity. His early works were mostly of the beautiful countryside and architecture of Italy. These, and many other of his amazing works of art have been viewed by millions of people all over the world in prestigious galleries such as the ...view middle of the document...

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Escher spent many years traveling though Europe; most of his time spent in Italy and Spain. He traveled on his first trip with friends, and even after his friends left Italy to return to Holland Escher stayed. He spent all of the spring of 1922 traveling the Italian countryside, and drawing the beautiful landscapes. In March of 1923, Escher met his soon to be bride, Jetta Umiker. She was living with her family in Italy when they met and it was there that he professed his love to her. On June 12, 1924 he married Jetta in Viareggio, Italy. 1924 was a very busy year for Escher, not only did he marry his wife but in February of that year he held his first one-man show in Holland. Later the couple settled in Rome and had a son in 1926. By this point in his life Escher had established himself as a famous artist even to the point that both King Emmanuel and Mussolini attended his sons christening.
In the next decade Escher and his family saw the conflicts happening in Europe. With the rise of fascism in Italy he moved his family to Switzerland in 1935 then to Belgium in 1937. Uneasy with the rise of Nazi Germany he moved his family yet again back to Holland. It was here that Escher’s work became mesmerizing...

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