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Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings, and Related Work of M.C. Escher Paperback – August 15, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0716723523 ISBN-10: 0716723522

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman (August 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716723522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716723523
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a child, Maurits Cornelis Escher fitted together irregular pieces of cheese in his sandwiches so that they would completely fill the space between the slices of bread. From the very beginnings of his career as an artist, in 1921, he devised ways of interlocking images so as to leave no empty space, and then of making these images repeat infinitely in increasingly complex ways. Professor Schattschneider's magnificently illustrated volume analyses this critical aspect of Escher's work, focussing on a series of 137 symmetry drawings and watercolors created from 1926 to 1971, which the artist kept in five folders throughout his lifetime and which he used as references for his continuing work on the regular division of the plane. Included are analogies from each of these works (which now sell for tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars each) to his original prints and projects. 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. Some of the text is written for the layman; other portions of the writing are technical and will be of interest to mathematicians and crystallographers. In addition, the quantity and quality of the full-page color illustrations, few of which are to be found in any other publication in print, contribute to making this book, which serves as a catalogue raisonné of the symmetry drawings and watercolors, eminently collectable.
The other key books on Escher are M.C. ESCHER: HIS LIFE AND COMPLETE GRAPHIC WORK; THE MAGIC MIRROR OF M.C. ESCHER; THE GRAPHIC WORK OF M.C. ESCHER; and ESCHER ON ESCHER. Persons technically inclined may also be interested in ART AND SCIENCE, which constitutes the proceedings of the 1985 Escher conference in Rome.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hop David on February 15, 1999
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Doris Schattschneider's book takes a look at Escher's research on the regular division of the plane.
1/8 on an iceberg is visible while 7/8 is hidden. Escher's prints are like this. The visible image is only a small part of the thought and preparation that lies beneath the surface. Schattschneider takes us beneath the surface and shines a light on this hidden behemoth.
This volume is more demanding and difficult than other Escher books. But it is rewarding to delve into.
Meticulous, tenacious, thorough, playful. My adjectives for Escher are driven home even more forcefully by this book.
Ms Schattschneider did a fine job putting this book together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1999
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This book has beautiful full color reproductions of Escher's notebooks, along with erxplainations and diagrams showing how Escher accomplished such a volume of work. It also includes anecdotes told by his friends, and reproductions of all three of the metamorphosis. Truly Brilliant! You can't go wrong with this book, be you mathemetitian, or artist
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
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This book answered a lot of questions I had about Escher's regular division of the plane. It has highly enlarged my understanding of his work, and thus made me enjoy it even more. My initial interest was deepening my mathematical knowledge on tessallations, and I can tell I did.
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