Perhaps the most instantly recognizable graphic artist in history, M.C. Escher tirelessly produced eye-bending lithographs and woodcuts that played with the viewers' sense of perspective and dimension. The Life and Works of M.C. Escher
follows the man from his childhood in the Netherlands through his extended stay in southern Italy, and finally northward to Switzerland and back home, where he produced some of his most challenging work. Including beautiful footage of the Mediterranean landscapes, interviews with Escher, and many of his works (both famous and obscure), this video presents a classic portrait of a man obsessed with his work, sacrificing his family life for the sake of his art. Though he achieved some fame before his death in 1972, it seems certain that he would be amazed at his ever-growing popularity since then. Not flashy, not flamboyant, Escher simply made art that excited him. We can learn a lot from that. --Rob Lightner
From the Back Cover
M.C. Escher loathed the word "art" and described himself as "an idle cricket in a world of ants." How ironic that this same man has an appeal unequaled by any other in his profession, and that his art decorates millions of posters, t-shirts, ties and computer screens. What motivated Escher to create such intricate designs and patterning in his art? Featuring a rare interview with the artist himself, The Life and Works of M.C. Escher takes an in-depth look at Escher and his brilliant work. The program traces his career path and personal life, from the early years in Italy, to his move to Switzerland and subsequent turn inward for inspiration.