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M.C. Escher: His Life and Complete Graphic Work (With a Fully Illustrated Catalogue) Hardcover – September 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810981130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810981133
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Dutch (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Even people very familiar with Escher's ouvre will be surprised by some of the entries here.
wiredweird
I was familiar with this book before I ordered it and was pleasantly surprised to see it was still available for purchase.
Barbara Jeanne Lindsley
The book also gives biographical information as well as in depth information on many of his works.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Illustrated are 448 (of the 449) original woodcuts, wood engravings, lithographs, linocuts and mezzotints by Maurits Cornelis Escher. An attractive volume, it virtually constitutes a catalogue raisonne. Each print is illustrated in minimum quarter-page format, with size, medium and date provided. Introductory chapters provide biographical and autobiographical information. In addition, the only book that the artist wrote, REGELMATIGE VLAKVERDELING (THE REGULAR DIVISION OF THE PLANE), which was published in 1957 in a very limited edition by a Dutch bibliophile society, is translated and illustrated in full. As owner of and dealer in the main body of Escher's original prints, drawings and watercolors, which were previously on loan to the Hague Museum, I make extensive use of this book and commend it to all. Published by Abradale at less than half the price of the out-of-print Abrams edition, but identical to it except for a different dust jacket, it provides good value, and is certainly less expensive than the signed original prints themselves, which cost more than ten thousand dollars each.
The other key books on Escher are VISIONS OF SYMMETRY; THE MAGIC MIRROR OF M.C. ESCHER; and THE GRAPHIC WORK OF M.C. ESCHER.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "skapunkbluesjazzrock" on December 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the total collection of every work done by M.C. Esher. This book is perfect for a serious fan of the graphic work of M.C. Esher. The book also gives biographical information as well as in depth information on many of his works.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
M.C. Escher was a true genius. This book has every print he has ever done. Along with a comprehensive history and a lot of his writings, this book gives you the best insight to a mathematical genius who barely passed math in school.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
And c'mon - if you've seen his work, you're a fan.

The great thing about this book is not just the extensive and readable biography, but the complete (so they say) catalog of his graphic works. Even people very familiar with Escher's ouvre will be surprised by some of the entries here. They go back to work he did at ages 18 and 19, and show the devleopment of the Escher that has become so famous. It's just a little disappointing that the catalog is printed only in black and white, when so many of his works used color. The catalog reproductions are just that - a listing of his work, not a gallery, so the quarter-page size of most pieces is adequate for recognizing a piece, if not for appreciating it fully.

It is fascinating to see Escher's style develop though his (and the twentieth century's) twenties. Various influences early on suggest Beardsley (cat. 49, 67), Picasso (cat. 51, 58), or the pervasive Art Deco of his time (cat.34). Even then, some of Escher's later fascinations begin to emerge, including hands and reflective balls (cat. 88 and 80), symmetries and tilings (cat. 61, 65), and complex interactions of many figures in a repeating structure (cat. 90). The lesser-known parts of his work also start to emerge by the time he's 30, including delicate lithographs (cat. 129, 132). As much as I love his visual paradoxes and flirtation with the infinite, the lithos and mezzotints are the pieces that truly move me. "Snow" and "Blowball" (cat. 278 and 330) have an eloquent simplicity. "Eye" and "Drop" (cat. 344 and 356) demonstrate his classical sense and his perseverance with the demanding medium of mezzotint.

The text is also thorough and enjoyable - a good thing, since it takes up half of this heavy book, including its own set of illustrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is just amazing. Anyone that is interested in M.C. Escher, must have this book. All of his work from his beginnings, to the end. Most of the works are explained by Escher. This is just a fantastic book. Also, a great coffee table book. You will get many comments from people when they pick it up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Horselover_Fat on October 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Definitely the first book every Escher fan should purchase. It's helpful in getting to know about the man himself as well as his brilliant artwork. It may seem pricey, but it's totally worth it, being hardcover (at least the one I got), and high quality photos of his work. It also shows his lesser known works (ones never released apparently), as well as photos of himself and his family. A very informative read and a quality edition.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate Slate on March 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is a comprehensive review of Escher and his art. I was disappointed with the small size of some of the displayed art work. I expected full page plates; small pictures make it difficult to see the details of the work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick in the Midwest on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you are seriously interested in the artwork of M.C. Escher, this is the must-have book! If you want to collect original prints by Escher, the included illustrated catalogue raisonne of his work is necessary. BTW, be sure to look closely at the listed sizes of each print, as forgers have been selling fake Escher prints on eBay and elsewhere for about a decade... and this book is the best way to tell what is real and what is fake.
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