M.C. Escher – Creating The “Snakes” Woodcut

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This video show M.C. Escher himself creating the “Snakes” woodcut.

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, as can be seen on the many web sites on the Internet.

M.C. Escher - "Snakes" Woodcut

M.C. Escher is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations.

Although Escher did not have mathematical training, his understanding of mathematics was largely visual and intuitive. Escher’s work had a strong mathematical component, and more than a few of the worlds which he drew were built around impossible objects such as the Necker cube and the Penrose triangle.

Penrose triangle and Necker cube

Due to Escher’s unique way of portraying the world and his rich graphic artwork, he has continuously influenced science and art and has been referenced often in popular culture.

Most are more familiar with Mr. Escher’s more famous surreal works such as the Drawing Hands.

M.C. Escher - Hands Drawing Hands

Or the famous nonsensical staircase he named Relativity.

Relativity by M.C. Escher

In memory of M.C. Escher, (June 17th, 1898 – March 27th, 1972)


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