Famous Works of M.C. Escher Print Gallery

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These are no colors but black and white. There are also no tessellations. Its a picture of a gallery where the windows looking in turn into a window looking outside at the buliding and a harbor. He created this peice of art work in 1956. I like this drawing because its kind of unrealtic but eye-catching. Geometry is used in the different shapes and angles. I think if he were to use colors, his art work would be better. He paints a lot with the sky and water and it would make it even more eye-catching than it already is.

Covered Alley in Atrani
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Mcescher uses shades of black and white instead of using actual colors. This peice is not tesselated.The way he uses the shades gives the picture depth and a real life complexity. He shows a lonely alley in Atrani as a shady dark place that is lit by the outside world that is not enclosed in darkness. Mcescher creted this peice of artwork in november 1931. i like this work because it shows how a simple normally boring place is almost brought to life by just black and white. it catches your eye becuase it is mostly dark but at first glance your eyes are attracted by the small portations of white representing light shinning in. i dont think colors would have added much to it becuase since it is a dark place the main colors would be black and dark colors and if you added other colors the white wulodnt jump out at you like it does now cathing your eye.

Castle in the Air

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This black and white picture by M.C Escher was made in 1928. In the picture there is a beautiful castle in the sky along with a man on a turtle in the ocean. There really isn't anything being tessellated in this picture, but despite the lack of tessellation used in this picture, geometry is used in this picture since there are shapes and parallel lines. I really like this piece of art because it is very eye catching and I really enjoy the creativity it must have taken to have made this. This piece is also very enjoyable because the meaning behind this picture is very inspiring, since it implies that there is a grand world either in one's imagination and the castle could also represent heaven since it seems to be a perfect world in the sky.

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"Balcony" uses a black and white color scheme. Nothing is being tessellated. The setting of the picture is in a town bordering the river. In the town, there are many buildings close together that are rectangular shaped with rectangular windows. The building in the middle of the picture is represented as being large and circular with a balcony outside of its window. The middle building that seems to bulge is created differently to create an illusion. The paper is flat, but that building seems to pop out and be 3D. "Balcony" was constructed in Holland in 1945. I like this piece of work. The way the one building sticks out from the rest and presents an illusion is very interesting. Geometry is used for the shapes of the buildings, windows, balconies, and roofs. It is also used to show how the buildings are represented in comparison to each other. Geometry is used to make the middle balcony expand and bulge out. This artwork is very eye-catching because of the shapes and dimensions.

Eight Heads
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The original colors used in the picture was black and white. The tessalations being used are eight different heads. In this picture there are eight heads facing toward and away from each other. Geometry was used in the way of tessaltions in the picture. This is a very eye catching piece of work.


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This piece of work is called Waterfall. It is an image of Escher's that shows a city with falling water at the top onto the city. There were no colors used in the original version. There are few tessellations in this picture. Some of them are the bricks where the water flows through and the cubes at the top of the city. There are cubes at the top of the waterfall, and the water falls on a platform on the outside of one of the buildings.There are many stairs in the city, and at the bottom of the city there is a garden of big plants. The background depicts terraced farmland. The meaning of the image is to create an illusion and also a visual paradox. The image was created in October of 1961. There are many triangles and squares throughout the work. I like this image of M.C. Escher because it is eye catching and I like how he created the illusion.

Hand With Reflecting Sphere
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This piece of artwork is called "Hand With Reflecting Sphere". It was created in 1935. The piece depicts a hand holding a reflective sphere. In the reflection, most of the room around Escher can be seen, and the hand holding the sphere is revealed to be Escher’s. I was unable to locate any tessellations in this work of M.C. Escher. There are no colors used as it is black and white. Geometry is used in the sphere as it is a geometric shape. I like this work because it is his representation of himself and the room around him.

Three Worlds
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This piece of artwork is called "Three Worlds." Three Worlds is a lithograph painting which was first printed in December, 1955. The picture is in black and white. Three Worlds depicts a large pool or lake during the autumn or winter months, the title is referring to the three visible perspectives in this image: the surface of the water on which leaves float, the world above the surface, observable by the water's reflection of a forest, and the world below the surface, observable in the large fish swimming just below the water’s surface. The objects being tessellated are the fish, the water, and the sky. I do like this work because it makes you think about what's going on in the picture, you have to look at it longer than just a glance. It is very eye-catching.

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This piece of artwork is known as relativity, a mind boggling image using staircases. The colors used for this picture is just basically grey, black, and white. Staircases is the object in which is being tesselated in this image and the meaning of this picture is to show a paradoxical world in which the normal laws of gravity do not apply. It shows a normal scoiety in which everyone is eating dinner or just walking around but it projects this in three different worlds. This picture by MC Escher was first printed in December of 1953. I find this image kind of interesting, it boggles your mind and really makes you think on how three universes can look to fit into one. The geometry used for this would definately be different types of shapes and lines in which create an ongoing pattern without overlaping on one or another.

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This piece of artwork is called "Dewdrop." In 1946, two years prior to the creation of Dewdrop in 1948, Escher became interested in a new technique: mezzotint. While mezzotint is very laborious and time-consuming, the resulting works could show very subtle and delicate lines and shadings. In one of his most striking examples of mezzotint, Dewdrop demonstrates the huge leap forward in detail that can be achieved with mezzotint as opposed to the relatively limited line-based woodcut method. Mezzotint allowed Escher to achieve subtle transitions from white to black throughout this piece, and also produce the illusion of gray. Dewdrop depicts the leaf of a succulent plant. The image approaches photo-realism, from the subtle halo of light around the edges of the leaf, to the light from an overhead window being perfectly reflected in the dewdrop. The dewdrop acts as a magnitude lens, which brings into focus the veins of the leaf and the bubbles of air between the leaf and the dewdrop. Dewdrop is one of Escher's pieces that express the geometry of reflections on different surfaces. This piece of artwork is eye-catching and an on looker must look closely to visualize the detailed reflection within the dewdrop. I like this image because from far away it seems simple, but up close the details are extremely intricate and unique.

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Moebius Strip I
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This piece of art work is called is called “Moebius Strip I” A 1961 wood engraving and woodcut in red, green, gold, and black, printer from 4 blocks. A Moebius Strip is a piece of paper twisted then taped. It is twisted in such a way that if you continuously draw a line around the twisted strip you will join the other side of the line.

Penrose 'Ghosts'


This piece of artwork, created by M.C. Escher, is called Penrose 'Ghosts'. It was created in 1971 and was Escher's last tessellation. He got his inspiration from a puzzle that was sent to him by Roger Penrose. The puzzle contained little rectangular pieces but he then changed them into little ghosts. I feel this tesseIlation is eyecatching because of the unique pattern of cute little ghosts.I picked this piece of work to wirte about because instead of using real things in life ,like animals and people, he used his creative skill to turn an ordinary shape into something different.

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This picture is called fireworks. It uses no distinct colors, only shades of black and white. It has no tesselation, but in the picture there are trees in the distant, and fireworks in the sky with people that seem fascinated by the picture. It seems as if a large crowd of people have come to see the fireworks, and are excited to see them as if they have never seen them before, or if they are a rare event in the area that they live. It was created in 1933 and it is quite eye-catching. If there was color, it would be more eye-catching, but I still enjoy the piece because it is an interesting picture and it seems as if there is celebration going on. There is no specific geometry used in the picture, just forms of people and objects but they are not distinct, exact shapes.

House of Stairs



This peice is called "House of Stairs". It is a lithiograph that was created in 1951. There is nothing being tessellated in this work. It is all black and white, featuring one of Escher's "impossible spaces". It is a house of stairs that defies all logic and possiblility, with lizard-like creatures milling about. It's theme fits in with his "impossible spaces", which are pictures of locales that defy logic, physics, and challenge the mind to figure out what is featured within them. I like this particular work, as is eye-catching and makes the observer think as to what it is. Geometry is used by the mass of rectangles that make up the stairs and walls.

Pineta of Calvi

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Pineta of Calvi is an Escher creation back in 1933. It is just black and white and nothing appears to be tesselated. There is an island and in the distance beyond water is what looks like a town. I am not that big of a fan of this drawing because it is not that fascinating. It does not appear that any geometry is used

Development II
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This piece of artwork is called "Development II". M.C. Escher first created this piece in 1939. Originally, "Development II" was a woodcut piece but later was hand drawn into an illustration. Escher used three different colors to captivate admirers: yellow-brown, grey-green, and black. In "Development II", Escher used tessellation that depicted a reptile emerging from squares. M.C. Escher was fascinated with periodic drawings, but also tried to tessellate non-periodic objects such as animals. Escher used a pattern of shapes and colors to start with. He then gradually morphed the shapes to look like reptiles and the tessellation pattern was complete. I like this work done by Escher a lot. It is very eye-catching and makes you look closer to see the objects in the drawing. The colors also bring you into the drawing. In addition, it starts smaller in the middle and grows as it gets closer to the end of the picture giving the piece the image of popping out.

Convex and Concave
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“Convex and Concave” is a painting that was created by M.C. Escher in 1955. The colors used are white, black, and different shades of grey. The painting seems to be an abstract form of a town center. There are people playing musical instruments, lizards, people climbing ladders, a woman walking, someone crouched down appearing to be asleep, and the main theme of the picture is the strange variations of stairs. The meaning is just to show many activities that are going on at once in any given town. I like this piece of artwork by M.C. Escher because it is strange, and somewhat fascinating. Geometry was used in this painting to paint the archways, the stairs, and many other geometrical shapes found within the picture. It is very eye-catching due to its very random objects and the placement of the men and woman in the picture.

Drawing Hands
This drawing is named "Drawing Hands". It was drawn in 1948. He created it in Holland. He drew two hands drawing each other. The lines flow through from one dementional to 3 dementional making this drawing an interesting piece to look at. This piece was comleted about in the middle of his career.

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This piece of artwork is called "Snow". It was created in 1936. This is must be a blizzard in a european country. This picture is in black and white. I really like this picture because it has snow in it.

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In Escher picture Gravity (completed June, 1952) he uses many triangles to make a 3-D star. Within the star are many doors with arms and legs jetting out from them. All of these arms and legs are portrayed using many vibrant colors contrasting the grey bleak color of the star. I like this piece because of how abstract it is. This painting is very eye-catching because of its weird shapes and vibrant colors.

Tower of Babel 1928 woodcut
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This work of art was created in 1928 by M C Escher. In my opinion, this is one of his best pieces of work. It shows a tall tower at an interesting perspective. I also think that it is very eye catching because it is not the standard drawing of a tower. In this artwork, there is a large amount of geometry used. It shows pyramids, rectangles, squares, and cylinders.
Belvedere 1958

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This work was done in black and white and the arches in the work are being tessellated. It is set back in the medieval times day and on an open country side. It was created in 1958. I like it because of thetrippyness of the picture and how it messes with your mind. Geometry was used to form the arches and 90 degree angles of the stairs and walls. It is very eyecatching because of the ladder with 2 men going up goes through the ceiling but actually goes to the edge of the upper deck where there i

Magic Mirror
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Inside St. Peters
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No objects are being tessellated in this wood engraving of Escher’s created in 1935. The colors used were only black and white. By using these colors, Escher allows the viewers eye to wander and experience the cathedrals true beauty and amazing architectural structure. Seen in the picture is a view from the top of St. Peters Cathedral looking down upon a column and the beautiful architectural design of the building. This picture represents the awe experienced while entering the cathedral. From this height and angle, one can see all the detail and hard work it took to create even just this one column in this cathedral. Personally, I liked this piece as i thought Escher did a great job at capturing the amazement of St. Peters and making this eye-catching wood engraving. Geometry is used in this piece as Escher used 2-point perspective allowing for the discovery of angle measurements of the different objects to the vanishing points.

Three Spheres
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“Three Spheres” is done in black and white. It shows a sphere of glass, one of reflective metal, and the last of opaque material. The spheres set on a desktop as Escher draws them. Within the reflective sphere, the viewer can see Escher as he creates this work and the painting itself can be seen as well. It is a lithograph print which was first printed in April 1946. All three are perfect geometric spheres.