M.C. Escher Dutch Artist 1898-1972

M. C. Escher was fascinated by every kind of tessellation – regular and irregular – and took special delight in what he called “metamorphoses,” in which the shapes changed and interacted with each other, and sometimes even broke free of the plane itself. By his method of coloring this tessellation, M.C. Escher has made it easy for us to understand how the tessellation was created. You can divide the design into two portions: equilateral triangles defined by groups of yellow creatures and equilateral triangles defined by groups of red creatures. These two types of equilateral triangles tessellate in a predictable manner.

"By keenly confronting the enigmas that surround us, and by considering and analyzing the observations that I have made, I ended up in the domain of mathematics, Although I am absolutely without training in the exact sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than with my fellow artists."The laws of mathematics are not merely human inventions or creations. They simply 'are'; they exist quite independently of the human intellect. The most that any(one) ... can do is to find that they are there and to take cognizance of them."
 M.C. Escher is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. He created unique and fascinating works of art that explore and exhibit a wide range of mathematical ideas. M.C. Escher is most famous for his so-called impossible structures, such as "Ascending and Descending" (shown here), "Relativity", his Transformation Prints, such as "Metamorphosis I", "Metamorphosis II" and "Metamorphosis III", "Sky & Water I" or "Reptiles". Apart from being a graphic artist, M.C. Escher illustrated books, designed tapestries, postage stamps and murals. In "Ascending and Descending" lines of people ascend and descend stairs in an infinite loop, on a construction which is impossible to build and possible to draw only by taking advantage of quirks of perception and perspective.

"Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check."


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