No artist ever worked harder to render the visions of his mind's eye than M.C. Escher. The visions themselves were remarkable enough: for Escher, the skin of the visible world was nothing more than a piece of cloth that could be cut, folded, shaped, and rearranged in marvelous ways. A superb draftsman, he set himself the challenge of portraying these otherworldly transformations of space within the familiar borders established by a sheet of paper. The resulting images have become the favorite artworks of tens of thousands of viewers around the world. This powerfully original artist has long deserved a book that does justice to his visual invention. The Magic of M.C. Escher is that book. Here, Escher's works, from the great master prints to numerous previously unpublished drawings, accompanied by his eloquent words, are brilliantly arranged to form a cinematic journey of discovery. The destination is the
magical world of the artist's mind, an uncharted realm lush with exotic
conceptions and inventions. As beautiful and rigorous as an Escher work itself, The Magic of M.C. Escher is destined to become a classic study of a great artist.