M. C. Escher

1898-1972 - Master of optical illusions

The Dutch graphic artist was born on 17 June 1898 in Leeuwarden, West Frisian. Graphic techniques such as woodcut and lithography became the medium of his illusionistic world.

To playfully confuse the viewer's senses is the main aim of Escher's art. However, the absurdity of the arrangement often only becomes clear when looking at it very closely. Only then we can discover that he turned inside out and transformed light into the dark.

He united animals of opposing elements in his paintings in such a way that the swimming fish metamorphose into flying birds. In architectural constructions, corridors, floors and stairs are shown, which only reveal their structural impossibility after a second glance. Like in a labyrinth, people seem to wander up and down the paths within.

In his unmistakable way of addressing the whole world, he understood with his imagery how to transform our thinking, our matter of course and our conventions into question marks, thus giving us back a piece of vitality.

The master of illusion died on 27 March 1972 in Hilversum, south of Amsterdam.