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    The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher (Taschen 25th Anniversary Series) (Hardback) By (author) M.C. Escher, By (author) Bruno Ernst

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    Description"A woman once rang me up and said, 'Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print "Reptiles", you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation.' I replied, 'Madame, if that's the way you see it, so be it.'" An engagingly sly comment by the renowned Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) - the complex ambiguities of whose work leave hasty or single-minded interpretations far behind. Long before the first computer-generated 3-D images were thrilling the public, Escher was a master of the third dimension. His lithograph "Magic Mirror" dates as far back as 1946. In taking that title for this book, mathematician Bruno Ernst is stressing the magic spell Escher's work invariably casts on those who see it. Ernst visited Escher every week for a year, systematically talking through his entire oeuvre with him. Their discussions resulted in a friendship that gave Ernst intimate access to the life and conceptual world of Escher. Ernst's account was meticulously scrutinized and made accurate by the artist himself. Escher's work refuses to be pigeonholed. Scientific, psychological, or aesthetic criteria alone cannot do it justice. The questions remain. Why did he create the pictures? How did he construct them? What preliminary studies were necessary before he could arrive at the final version? And how are the various images Escher created interrelated? This book, complete with biographical data, 250 illustrations, and explications of mathematical problems, offers answers to these and many other questions, and is an authentic source text of the first order.

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    The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M.C. Escher, By (author) Bruno Ernst
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 116
    Width: 239 mm
    Height: 307 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 1,157 g
    ISBN 13: 9783822837030
    ISBN 10: 3822837032

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGB
    BISAC V2.8: ART016000
    BIC subject category V2: AFH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AKC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BIC subject category V2: AKB
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BENELX
    BISAC V2.8: ART015110
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: N1
    BISAC V2.8: ART015030
    DC22: 769.92, 769.9492
    LC classification: NE670.E82 E8 2007
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AGA, AKC, AFH, AKB
    Edition statement
    Taschen 25th anniversary ed
    Taschen GmbH
    Imprint name
    Taschen GmbH
    Publication date
    06 April 2007
    Publication City/Country