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Anthony Petrillo Honors Geometry November 30, 2010
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Anthony Petrillo Geometry Mrs. Gerry 27 November 2010 M. C. Escher Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in The Netherlands in 1898. He is a famous graphic artist of the 19 th and 20 th centuries. He used a few different mediums. Escher sketched, made wood engravings, created woodcuts - prints made from a wooden stamp, and made lithographs. A lithograph is made by making some parts of a paper repel ink and other parts absorb ink to make a picture. Many of his art works were drawings of fascinating structures. An example would be his waterfall. Escher did not do well in school as a child. Part of the reason why may have been that he wasn’t very healthy. He failed in high school, so he went to Haarlem to study at the Haarlem School for Architecture and Decorative Arts. He studied architecture, but he liked art better, so after not too long, he switched to studying graphic art.
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Unformatted text preview: Escher liked to create “impossible reality”. In the waterfall picture, you can observe that it looks like the aqueduct-like structure is all at the same height. If you look at it differently, though it appears to be slanted. If you look at the upper part of the picture, you can see how he used shapes and made them look three dimensional. He used a lot of geometric shapes in his art, showing how they could fit together in different ways. Escher didn’t do well in school, but he was a genius. He had a great understanding of math, especially geometry, and his work shows it. He lived over 100 years ago, but his work is still unique and continues to fascinate people today. Sources: http://www.mcescher.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._C._Escher...
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