5 Amazing Facts of the Artist who Transformed Graphic Art and Design with the use of Mathematics

When we look at an artist’s work, we always assume that the artist wants to convey a hidden message. Picasso, Dalí and other famous artists, provoked us to look at their work with the intention of letting our imagination take over. But that is not the case with the artwork of the famous M.C. Escher.

In the last one decade when every exhibition of M.C. Escher has attracted a huge number of crowd who were mesmerized by his mind-boggling artwork. To name a few -Endless waterfalls, inside-outside buildings, perpetual staircases.

Today the global media sees M.C.Escher as an artist who made us believe the impossible or preventing us from seeing the impossibility lying in front of our eyes. So who was M.C. Escher?

Born on 17 June 1898 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Maurits Cornelis Escher‘s graphical artwork represents the perfect amalgamation of mathematics and art like never before. Escher is among the few of the great modern artists who is beloved by everyone; from counterculture youth to mystics and scientists. Today Escher art is enjoyed by millions of people and his work is taught to thousands of art students across the words, but there are a few strange facts about Escher’s life and work that may have not have been known -:

Escher’s work remained unrecognized for most of his career!

Hard to believe but for most of his career, Escher was unknown and most of his work never sold during his life term. Yet each work required hundreds of hours of research. A mathematician would present him with a visual paradox and he would immediately go back to his studio and try to figure out a way to use it in an image

Escher almost designed the currency for the Dutch Central Bank.

In 1950, De Nederlandsche Bank held a competition to create new guilder banknotes. Escher developed a series of sketches and in addition to his characteristic illusions and geometric designs, his banknotes featured the scientist Van Leeuwenhoek, a founder of modern microbiology. Sadly, the designs were rejected for being "too ornate" – and the incident has set another example of the world misunderstanding Escher.

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