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Maurits Cornelis MC Escher was born on June 17 1898 in the Dutch province of Friesland httpwwwlibutexaseduLibsPCLMapcollectioneuropeNetherlandsjpg His parents George Arnold Escher and Sarah Gleichman Escher had three sons of which Maurits called Mauk for short was the youngest His father George was a civil engineer The Escher family was living in Leeuwarden in 1898 where George served as Chief Engineer for a government bureau The family lived in a grand house named Princessehof which would later become a museum and host exhibitions of MC Eschers works Young MC Escher moved with his family to Arnhem He attended elementary and secondary school there and also in the seaside town of Zandvoort where he lived for a while to improve his health In 1907 he started learning carpentry and piano In secondary school his marks were poor except in drawing His art teacher took and interest in his drawing talent and taught him to make linocuts He failed his final exam and thus never officially graduated In 1913 MC Escher met his lifelong friend Bas Kist in religious school which he attended at his parents direction even though he wasnt very religious Kist was also interested in printing techniques and may have encouraged MC to make his first linoleum cut works Amoung these early works is a portrait of his father which is the oldest surviving work by the artist In 1917 the two friends visited the artist Gert Stegeman who had a printing press in his studio Some of MCs work from this year were apparently printed at Stegemans Also in 1917 the Escher family moved to Oosterbeek Holland During this year and the following few years MC Escher and his friends became very involved in literature and MC began to write some of his own poems and essays In 1918 Escher began private lessons and studies in architecture at the Higher Technology School in Delft He managed to get a
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