We are all familiar with the 10 Golden Rules here in Lomography and we’ve reiterated that you need not follow all of them when it comes to shooting creative and beautiful photographs. But art pioneer and savant M.C. Escher knew that rules are a good way to illustrate space, time and life in his works. Read on to find out more about the artist and his relationship with symmetry.
Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in Leeuwarden, Friesland (now known as the Netherlands) and started out as a student of the arts at a young age. Talented in art but falling behind in school, Escher developed his craft by studying closely the works of his mentor Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita that would later be his good friend.
Escher’s journey in the arts was characterized by his delicately drawn illustrations that seem to bend time and space as well as exploring the different confines of imagery. His fascination with symmetry and the mathematical occurrences in art and architecture led him to create his most famous works later on. Escher’s skill in woodcuts, lithography and tessellations are still admired up to this day.
Patterns and illustrations stamped with his famous signature “MCE” would soon be museum pieces and popular examples of art intertwining with mathematics or maybe the other way around. Escher was fond of the recurring patterns in the study of math and it greatly influenced his works to create images that bend space and the human understanding of it.
Escher religiously and rigorously followed his rules with his art and created masterpieces that only he can do. He died on March 27, 1972 at an artists’ retirement home where he created the last of his works. The famed graphic artist and mathematical illustrator was 73.