March 07, 2003

More on Ecsher

I intended to put a link to Mr. Escher's work in the previous post. But it really deserves an entry in its own right. This is the best quick link I have found, picturing a good bit of his later work. A more complete gallery is here, with his more recent works in Rooms 3 and 4.

We have a couple of Escher's studio books that go back to late college days. There has always been a mystery and a solace in the visual surprise that he instills in his images, a shock that is sometimes startling or unsettling, at other times a revelation or an inspiration.

If you are to really appreciate the man's genius, get the book out of your library. Sit with a magnifying glass (I did this with 3-yr-old Nathan in my lap one rainy afternoon... messed his head for good!) and take in the detail. Take your time. This exercise will give you a new 'perspective' on perspective and form, and perhaps encourage you to see the ordinary again, for the first time.

Lastly, his work is remarkably mathematical. Read this wonderful explanation of this man and his art from a math point of view that incorporates explanations with the images.

UPDATE: Escher "flythrough" and puzzle (click on download on this page)!

Posted by fred1st at March 7, 2003 11:44 AM | TrackBack

I've had a great love of Escher for years, although not as much anymore as my outlook in life has changed and don't find as much value in the analytical. He truly is a genius though. The sheer intricacy of his works boggles the mind. I have the big master book of his work. If you have seen it you probably know which one I mean. It is massive. It has everything and more, including essays, preliminary sketches, experimentations, and anything else they could grab.

Posted by: Josh at March 7, 2003 01:17 PM

Escher is marvelous. You've obviously read, I take it, Godel, Escher, Bach?

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at March 7, 2003 02:17 PM

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