This artist will make you flip, in colours…(Spanish expression, sorry…)
I am referring to Maurits Cornelis Escher, let us call him Maurice Cornelius, or M.C. as he is sometimes called. He was…like yours truly…a Gemini male…consider that a creature impossible to figure out…born on the 17th of June of 1898 in the Netherlands and died on the 27th of March, 1972.
Escher illustrated the impossible. He was “the” master of the optical illusion and the creator of imaginary worlds. His drawings are incredibly incredible. He also excelled, and is famous for his etchings in wood and stone. He was the artist of the impossible, no doubt about it.
Escher lived with his parents until the age of 53…something many people can relate to in this day and age in Europe…and finally at that age he began to make money from his art. However, being that he died at the age of 74, he had few years to grow as his art became more well known. It wasn’t until he was 70 that a retrospective exhibition was held.
In his youth he travelled to Spain, specifically to Granada, where he became enthralled with the decorative art work found in the Alhambra. He also gained much knowledge and inspiration in the mathematical structure of the design and decoration of the Mezquita de Cordoba.
Maurice was a student at the Haarlem School of Architecture and Decorative arts from 1919 to 1922. There he enrolled in architecture but failed and had to switch to decorative arts, where he studied under the Dutch graphic artist Samuel Jesserum de Mesquita. (This artist and teacher, a very interesting man, a Sephardi Jew who later was assassinated in Auschwitz, will be the topic of a complete future chapter).
Well, I hope you’ve noticed that I am a great fan! I’ve always loved Escher’s work and my fascination with his drawings led me to also draw my own private…albeit not impossible…worlds. This short article, I would expect, should lead you…if you are interested in great art…to pursue a little (or a lot) more of the work of this enigmatic…and very strange…artist.
I will post a photo montage video of the works of Escher that I find incredible, or more incredible than the incredible ones he made. This companion piece will have background music by my group AJA, the Abstract Jazz Arrangement, whose music I hope you would get more familiar with by checking it out here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja