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Maurits Cornelius Escher Born in the small town of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands on June 17th 1898 was MC Escher He is one of the most famous graphic artists of all time what made his style so unique was not only his understanding and use of mathematics but also his impossible worlds that he had created He started a trend that many artists to this day still follow His father George Arnold Escher was a hydraulics engineer and his mother Sarah Gleichman stayed at home to take care of their three sons They lived in a mansion named Princessehof which later on became a museum of Eschers works His family moved to the city of Arnhem in 1903 There he took piano and carpentry lessons until 1912 when he went to a secondary school up until 1918 From 1919 to 1922 he studied at Haarlem School of Architecture and Decorative Arts The he learned about woodcutting drawing architecture and his main style graphic art In 1924 Escher married Jetta Umiker a woman that he met on one of his many trips to Italy Because of politics during that time the couple moved from Rome to Switzerland then to Belgium and then they finally settled in the town of Baarn in the Netherlands until 1970 They had three sons the oldest of which often travels around and gives lectures about his fathers work Maurits was constantly drawing and developing his own style since the time he was in secondary school One of his main inspirations was traveling to Italy every year where he would draw up sketches that he turned into extraordinary pieces of art when he returned home In his works he included perspective eccentricity and impossible objects that included mathematical constructs Also he included tessellation which was a form of geometry that used Euclidean space congruency polygons polysquares symmetries most types of triangles Pythagorean integral equilateral etc squares and non-congruent rectangles
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