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M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work Hardcover – January 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836503182
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836503181
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 9.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a good book and it made an excellent gift for my daughter who loves MC Escher.
Anita Ryan
I knew he would love it because he always took my Escher calendar off the wall to look at all the pictures.
Lady Gray
In the beginning of the book there are short descriptional insights about each of the pieces.
Magdalena Maslowska

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
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M.C. Escher needs no introduction. Or if you prefer, you can read him up on wikipedia or visit his official website. He's the guy responsible for creating amazing illustrations using optical illusions.

This small book is a neat package containing his well known works as well as the less public ones. There's an introduction by M.C. Escher himself. All the illustration are captioned to explain the ideas behind.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on April 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
M.C. Escher is one of those artists that editors and art critics can't help but spew nonsense about. Taschen's collection of Escher's work is remarkably sparse on editorializing and allows the works to do what they have always done best: draw the viewer into the magical and hypnotic realm of M.C. Escher. The prints are extremely crisp and thoughtfully arranged, unlike other collections that throw works together in a hodge-podge fashion.
No other artist of the 20th century has had such wide approval and acclaim as M.C. Escher, and this slim volume perfectly expresses why that is so without resorting to pages upon pages of discussions on deconstruction, reality vs. illusion or image vs. icon, and all the other blah-blah-blah that you'll find in other collections. This collection just allows you to turn the pages and enjoy, which I did and you will too.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Magdalena Maslowska on March 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Just as the title suggests this book contains The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher. In the beginning of the book there are short descriptional insights about each of the pieces. The rest is filled with Eschers work. If you're an artist and need inspiration or like Eschers work this is a great book. Out of about 90 pages, 70 contain full page prints of Eschers work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Archimedes on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Great M.C. Escher prints to contemplate. The presentation gives you a little sense of historical perspective. Loved reading the captions where the artist offered some description/explanation. Even a few puzzles in his explanations, like his art. Example: one alludes to a mistake in a skyscraper scene that was corrected later in his career, but without clarification (makes you think, which I love).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lady Gray on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a lover of M.C. Escher's artwork, I purchased this book for my 14-year-old grandson. I knew he would love it because he always took my Escher calendar off the wall to look at all the pictures. Well, I was right. He loves the book. It is full of many of Escher's most famous drawings, covering the many techniques he used. The artwork is truly inspiring. I spend too much time looking at Escher's art and not enough time doing housework. This book is great as a gift...for kids and for adults. It challenges the mind to peruse the fantasy involved in each of the drawings. Money well spent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Childs on May 15, 2008
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After viewing a display of Esher's art we wanted more information about him and his work. This book was perfect! It included so much of his work and his own thoughts about the creations. It is a good quality paperback book at a great price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Gilbey on June 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
just the thing to get people's heads away from the screen, again I got it as a gift for my grandson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sally tarbox on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Whereas the work of most artists will only attract some, I think that no one, from children up, could fail to be amazed by Escher's graphic art: mosaics of living images, metamorphoses of one form into another and weird takes on perspective in a rather spooky, surreal world. This book contains 76 b/w images preceded by an introduction by the artist and a description of each reproduction. Truly brilliant and imaginative
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