Who was M. C. Escher? Biography
Escher’s career began as an architect-in-training in Haarlem, Holland, where a teacher recognised his drawing talents and suggested he transfer to studying Graphic Arts. Even in Escher's early prints and drawings you'll find on display, his voracious appetite for experimentation with perspectives, patterns and surreal motifs is apparent.
In his life Escher witnessed to two World Wars and numerous scientific and mathematic advancements, but always preserved a unique style which took his work into new mathematical and creative realms. At the same time, the political instability in Europe during Escher’s life echoes throughout his work, particularly in the turbulent eccentricity of his compositions. By the 1960s, as the French revolution simmered and social change in the West unfolded dramatically, the demand for copies of his Escher’s prints went stratospheric.
Highlights : M. C. Escher art
This Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibition showcases some of Escher’s most iconic images – the mad staircases and mind-games of Relativity (l1953); the chequer-patterned country fields morphing into a flock of birds in Day and Night (woodcut, 1938), and the swirling skin-like formations that outline an optical illusion of three-dimensional human heads in Bond of Union (lithograph, 1956).
Escher was a rare combination of technical genius and artistic visionary, and if his works have received less attention in the decades following his death, this exhibition looks set to change that radically.
|What||The Amazing World of M. C. Escher, Dulwich Picture Gallery|
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD | MAP
|Nearest tube||Brixton (underground)|
14 Oct 15 – 17 Jan 16, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm
|Price||£14 adult, £13 senior citizens, £9 concessions, free to children and members|
|Website||Click here for more details|