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M.C. Escher: Life and Work [Hardcover]

J L Locher
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Format:Hardcover
Illustrated are 448 (of the 449) original woodcuts, wood engravings, lithographs, linocuts and mezzotints by Maurits Cornelis Escher. An attractive volume, it virtually constitutes a catalogue raisonne. Each print is illustrated in minimum quarter-page format, with size, medium and date provided. Introductory chapters provide biographical and autobiographical information. In addition, the only book that the artist wrote, REGELMATIGE VLAKVERDELING (THE REGULAR DIVISION OF THE PLANE), which was published in 1957 in a very limited edition by a Dutch bibliophile society, is translated and illustrated in full. As owner of and dealer in the main body of Escher's original prints, drawings and watercolors, which were previously on loan to the Hague Museum, I make extensive use of this book and commend it to all. Published by Abradale at less than half the price of the out-of-print Abrams edition, but identical to it except for a different dust jacket, it provides good value, and is certainly less expensive than the signed original prints themselves, which cost more than ten thousand dollars each.
The other key books on Escher are VISIONS OF SYMMETRY; THE MAGIC MIRROR OF M.C. ESCHER; and THE GRAPHIC WORK OF M.C. ESCHER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Benders... Sept. 18 2000
Format:Hardcover
....the world is thousands upon thousands of opticalillusions in this sweeping volume of MC Escher sketches, prints, paintings and other exotica. He's like in the same avante absurdist quantum pocket as Salvadore Dali or Miro, but he's done these imagination bending scenarios in which, por ehemplay, a school of fish metamorphises into flying geese before your eyes, in which chess boards take your gaze into surreal, ultrareal mazes, in which sketched lizards crawl off the paper, become "real" for that frozen moment in time and then creep back on to the artists' page...I know I may sound like I've had too much portomento on my keyboard this morning, but it goes without saying, I cannot adequately describe this man's work. If you have not seen any of his work, you simply have to. His stuff is fantastic. When you get this, you will enjoy yourself immensely. You will experience hours and hours of pleasure browsing through the pages...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!! Sept. 24 2000
By Ivy
Format:Hardcover
This book is the most amazing and beautiful book I have ever seen! There is no other artist that can can produce such intrickit yet perfect observtions as he has. His work ranges from strikingly realistic sceens and faces to such abstract ideas I could never have possibly imagined on my own. Every person of every age would love this book. There is so much in it I have spent hours on end just stairing at one page. It insired me to look at the world in a whole new way. I love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars M.C. Escher Oct. 30 2003
Format:Hardcover
Definitely the first book every Escher fan should purchase. It's helpful in getting to know about the man himself as well as his brilliant artwork. It may seem pricey, but it's totally worth it, being hardcover (at least the one I got), and high quality photos of his work. It also shows his lesser known works (ones never released apparently), as well as photos of himself and his family. A very informative read and a quality edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete look! May 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I haven't even had a chance to go through all of this remarkable book yet, but I am so impressed with it so far I cannot burble enough about how delighted I am with my purchase. This is a beautifully produced, designed, and wonderfully complete book. Many tales of the personal life an vision of the artist, countless, cleanly reproduced graphics, many works I have never seen or heard of before. Terrific! Can't recommend enough!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than that Oct. 20 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book is amazing not only because of Escher's works itcontains (very nice, of course), but also because of the details onhis life that it has - and that many other books on the subject failto give. After reading this book - and there's plenty of text to read- one will really understand who was Escher, and how did his workimpact on the society on his days.
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