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Spotlight on: M.C. Escher

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Greenfield & Hunter are excited to present M.C. Escher and his array of interesting and intriguing creations. 

Mauritis Corenlis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world's most famous graphic artists, celebrated by millions of people all over the world. During his lifetime, Escher made 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches. Like some of his famous predecessors - Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer and Holbein - M.C. Escher was left handed. Many of his famous prints are supposedly believed to be 'impossible constructions', such as Ascending and Descending, Relativity, his Transformation Prints such as Metamorphosis I, Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III, Sky & Water I or Reptiles

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Above: Some of Escher's most iconic images

Escher used geometry to create many of his images and incorporated mathematical forms into others. What many may not be aware of is some of his prints provide visual metaphors or abstract concepts particularly that of infinity; which he became interested in later in his career. 

Besides his famed graphic designs, Escher illustrated books, designed tapestries, postage stamps and murals. His ability far surpassed what many today know of him. A clear feature of Escher's is his ability to play with architecture, perspective and impossible spaces. His art continues to amaze and wonder millions of people. The way in which Escher observed the world, and expressed his own fantasies will always intrigue us.

The National Gallery of Victoria will be presenting works by Escher within an immersive space this Summer! The exhibition titled 'Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo' will be comprised of over 160  prints and drawings by the artist, spanning from a 1916 portrait of his father to his final work in 1969, the complex woodcut print Snakes. Visitors will gain insight into the way the artist planned and developed his works - an interesting experience no doubt.

National Gallery of Victoria, curator Catherine Leahy, "This pairing with Nendo is a way of bringing Escher's work to life, and showing that the ideas that he was thinking about still have real relevance today for design". 

Escher's collection of wallpapers are available for viewing and purchase at our G&H showroom. The interesting collection is a favourite amongst the team and we'd love to see the ways in which our clients can bring these Escher wallpapers into the home environment. 

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Friday, 19 July 2019