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Blurb: “Until now, one important expert on the work of Dutch artist M. C. Escher has said far too little: Escher himself. This volume presents the artist speaking in his own words about his own art, with 120 accompanying illustrations. Of particular interest, and never before published, is the complete text of a series of lectures Escher was scheduled to give in the United States, but which were canceled due to illness. These lectures provide an overview of the entire body of Escher's graphic art; other sections of the book include magazine articles he wrote in the 1940s and '50s for professional publications of limited circulation, as well as personal letters and speeches that further illuminate his life and work.
This book provides a solid image of Escher as he saw himself - not as an "artist" but as an artisan, a graphic artist with heart and soul, obsessed by contrasts and possessed by a unique creativity.