M.C. Escher Jigsaw Puzzles


The Dutch artistM.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a draftsman, book illustrator, tapestry designer, and muralist, but his primary work was as a printmaker. Born in Leeuwarden, Holland, the son of a civil engineer, Escher spent most of his childhood in Arnhem. Aspiring to be an architect, Escher enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. While studying there from 1919 to 1922, his emphasis shifted from architecture to drawing and printmaking upon the encouragement of his teacher Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita.In 1924 Escher married Jetta Umiker, and the couple settled in Rome to raise a family.

After M.C. Escher left Italy in 1935, his interest shifted from landscape to something he described as "mental imagery," often based on theoretical premises.

M.C. Escher said that he felt irresistible joy with putting multiple copies of an image on a drawing and making them fit together in a structure. Over a period of 40 years, he gradually learn about the mathematical rules and about techniques used by other cultures, and the science of packing molecules. Within each interlocking shape, half of the boundary is a clone of the other half. These identical sections of the boundary make it possible for neighboring shapes to mate together without gaps. This pre-condition often prevents an arbitrary shape from mating together, or it makes a good fitting shape look meaningless (absurd silhouette). Here is another rule, the boundary of a silhouette cannot cross itself.

Through 40 year of practice, Escher found a way to mediate the need for the eyeballs to find meaning and beauty, and the need for the mathematical rules to be followed.


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