The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher

The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher Review

"A woman once rang me up and said, 'Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print Reptiles you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation.' I replied, 'Madame, if that's the way you see it, so be it, '" An engagingly sly comment by the renowned Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972)--the complex ambiguities of whose work leave hasty or single-minded interpretations far behind. Long before the first computer-generated 3-D images were thrilling the public, Escher was a master of the third dimension. His lithograph "Magic Mirror" dates as far back as 1946. In taking that title for this book, mathematician Bruno Ernst is stressing the magic spell Escher's work invariably casts on those who see it. Ernst visited Escher every week for a year, systematically talking through his entire oeuvre with him. Their discussions resulted in a friendship that gave Ernst intimate access to the life and conceptual world of Escher. Ernst's account was meticulously scrutinized and made accurate by the artist himself. Escher's work refuses to be pigeonholed. Scientific, psychological, or aesthetic criteria alone cannot do it justice. The questions remain. Why did he create the pictures? How did he construct them? What preliminary studies were necessary before he could arrive at the final version? And how are the various images Escher created interrelated? This book, complete with biographical data, 250 illustrations, and explications of mathematical problems, offers answers to these and many other questions, and is an authentic source text of the first order.

Title:The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Susan

    I've owned this book for a long time, but had bought it originally only for the pictures of the artwork. Finally I decided to read it. It's not a biography, though it does contain some biographical in...

  • Francesca

    Qui abbiamo più testo, la "teoria" dietro l'immagine, o, meglio, la spiegazione, lo studio... comunque interessante e capace di nutrire la vista. :)...

  • Aaron

    To my knowledge this is the definitive Escher book. Detailed illustrations of his drawings, with lengthy explanation of the art and mathematics behind them. Good for the casual read or for anyone inte...

  • Sheri Fresonke Harper

    I love his work. Each drawing is meticulous and a mental challenge of perspective and metaphor. The explanations help to explain what he did and why. ...

  • Ed Smiley

    Although not in the top rank of artists, Escher had a vision that was quite unique to him, and one with which art history doesn't quite know what to do. This is one of the reasons that I dislike tryin...

  • Louisa

    The Magic Mirror is a fascinating narrative of Escher’s life and work, written by a mathematician who criticized his work at first, but became an admirer and friend of Escher after that. Bruno Ernst...

  • Rod

    excellent author and artist...

  • Jg

    fabulous...

  • Mckinley

    Great drawings...

  • Jay

    Not sure it's comprehensive but included the best known work of this amazing artist....