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MC Escher Challenging Reality MC Escher was a master of perspective He challenged reality and his critics minds His artwork was considered to be highly mathematical even though Escher never had any formal training in the math or sciences Yet artists around the still world regard his work as great Escher was able to manipulate geometry to create illusions that were often used to tell a story In Day and Night and Ascending and Descending Escher illustrated daily events and their meaning by using his artistic and mathematical techniques In Day and Night one of Eschers most acclaimed pieces the idea of transformation from basic geometric shapes was used to depict a linking together of two separate events In the center of the woodcut he began his design with a simple square which transformed into the farmland and geese From these geese a city in both the day and the night emerged The city in the day was a mirror image of the city at night that suggested the two events were inseparable Day and Night was particularly special because Escher eliminated all negative space Every inch of the paper was used to illustrate an event which aided in the idea of day and night being one Ascending and Descending is another well-known piece by Escher This architectural drawing illustrated Eschers ability to create realistic designs or did it If the viewer took a closer look he would see that Escher was once again playing with perspective to tell a story symbolically To every person monk walking on the castles roof there seemed to be an endless amount of stairs Yet these stairs were completely useless These fictitious monks were either perpetually ascending or descending hence the title This lithograph appeared to show the mundane and useless life that was lead by a monk in this time period Once again Escher was able to symbolically show the life of a monk through
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