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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, magnificent, MAGICAL!, August 30, 2000
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Jeff Price (Norwalk, CT USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
Not only is this is the most beautiful book on Escher ever published, it is one of the most beautiful books I've seen about ANY artist, period! Every page is filled with breathtaking reproductions of Escher's magical prints and drawings, and a dozen pages fold out to double or quadruple size. Every page is a complex layout of images. There are even beautiful color prints on the BACKSIDE of the dustjacket! Many of these illustrations have never been published before, therefore even someone throughly familiar with Escher's remarkable works will find many new images to delight, amaze, and educate the viewer. Erik The, the designer of this book, has created a masterpiece by juxtaposing drawings, printing blocks, text and finsihed prints in ways that create new insights into some of the most challenging art of the twentieth century. The book is far more visual than literary, and yet most of the exerpts from Escher's letters and writings are, once again, previously unpublished and endlessly fascinating. If I had to choose only one Escher book to introduce someone to his art, this would certainly be the perfect choice. If I could add one book to an art-lovers or scholar's bookshelf, this would be my choice once again. I am impressed that the publisher could create such a high-quality book at such a modest price. You will be amazed both by the artwork and by the presentation in this landmark publication.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art in pictures and words..., December 7, 2000
This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
I have been a long time fan of Herr Escher. Although I own a few prints of his, I had never experienced his work completely until I opened this book. Quite simply, the skill and perspective that this man possesed still puts me in awe. This is a very detailed collection of his works, and includes many sketches and studies for individual works. Another important facet of this publication is the numberous quotes through-out the book. It is facinating to stare at the pictures, but the facination climbs to a new level when one can read the writer's commentary on the specific work, art or life in general. I recommend this book highly. It provides the best collection of Escher between two covers, that I have seen to date.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Escher book is a Labor of Love, April 21, 2005
This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
Almost cinematic in design and construction, truly, "The Magic of M.C. Escher" is a breakthrough book on the works of this artist. Every page is filled with inspiration and surprise. Designed by a gifted art director named Erik The' and produced by Andreas Landshoff, this book flows together to form a loving catalogue of Mr. Escher's visions. It is unlike other books based on Escher which tend to be either tutorial or biographical in nature. Whereas these past books, more or less, deconstruct and analyze his works mainly through words, "The Magic of M.C. Escher" successfully accomplishes this through the images themselves, revelling in their sheer beauty, from his preliminary studies all the way to the finished prints. There are many double foldout pages to better impact Escher's mastery of his craft. Some of the pages are filled, corner to corner, with extremely detailed, magnified sections of specific works that allow the reader to closely experience what it's like to be "nose to nose" with the actual prints.

This book catapults the reader into Escher's world immediately. Before you even open the title page, you discover that the inside of the dust cover reproduces, in full color, of course, "Metamorphosis III" in three horizontal panels each measuring an astounding 39" across. This book brings us along on a visual journey ajoined by Escher's own words, as if he is personally giving us insights on a guided tour of his works. It thoughtfully limits itself to short excerpts from Escher's lectures and letters whose sole purpose is to compliment glorious, detailed photographs of original work. It's filled with Escher's never-before published pencil studies and sketches, extreme closeups of his prints, and detailed photographs of his original carved wood blocks. The pencil studies from his notebooks allow us to follow his thought processes and fully appreciate the endless hours he joyfully and dutifully spent on formulating the precise combination of graphic elements to arrive at his finished images.

The book makes side-by-side visual comparisons of earlier works that inspired Escher to create more self-satisfying images that better convey his "relative division of the plane" and other spacial concepts. Most of its visual content were supplied by two sources: The M.C.Escher Foundation and Michael Sachs, a private collector and print dealer from Connecticut.

Overall, this is book is a stunning, loving homage to this master of printmaking and genius to the graphic arts. Nothing is spared in this book's construction and design. If the adage is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, "The Magic of M.C.Escher" could fill a library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, June 30, 2002
This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
Escher was a Dutch wanna-be mathematician, who expressed himself through incredibly intricate, creative works of art. This book contains hundreds of his drawing as well as his notebook sketches, which is interesting to look at because you get to see how he developed his drawings. Accompanying most of the pictures in this book are excerpts of letters that he wrote to various people. If you want a book on Escher's work, then this is the one to buy! Fantastic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M-escher-merizing!, October 6, 2002
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This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
Given as a gift by a special friend of mine, the book has always adorned the coffee table in the living room as a centerpiece that never fails to attract the attention of both art lovers and art dabblers alike. Perhaps it could be said that my interest in the two seemingly disparate field of mathematics and art motivated that friend of mine to purchase the book, as Escher himself apparently believed and proved that those two seemingly unrelated fields could be beautifully synthesized in a brilliant fusion of creativity. The result is more than convincing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!!!, October 28, 2001
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This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
For all M. C. Escher fans out there, this is truly a must have. No other book describes the techniques of an artist better than this one, and the commentaries by Escher himself make it even better. A must have!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic of M.C. Escher, July 18, 2003
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C. Bradley "cbradley" (Santa Rosa, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
Wonderful coffee-table book of Escher's best drawing illusions. Even the jackets is two-sided and imaginatively done with style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Escher, March 5, 2012
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This work is excellent! I've seen works that I've never heard of before, and it is a great addition to my collection of artists books. The book journeys through Escher's work through a spectacular survey of his work. Starts with his early studies and influences, and moves through all the way to his last work (Snakes). Almost every image is accompanied by quotes by Escher or his close family/friends that shed light on his worldview. MUST HAVE for any fan of escher.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, June 2, 2002
This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
High-quality reproductions of the amazing artworks. Minimalistic style of comments and excerpts from artist's letters gives you a focus on subtle details and motives, and lets images tell you the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome is an under statment, August 28, 2010
This review is from: The Magic of M. C. Escher (Hardcover)
This book has everything an Escher fan could want, Big beautiful vibrant photos and lots of them.
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