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Maurits Cornelis Escher was born on June 17 1898 in Leeuwarden Netherlands His parents were George Arnold Escher and Sarah Gleichman Escher They had three sons and Maurits called Mauk for short was the youngest The family lived in a big and nice house named Princessehof which would later become a museum and hosted exhibitions of MC Eschers works Young MC Escher and his family later moved 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 an interest in his artistic talent and taught him to make linocuts He failed his final exam and never graduated Also in 1917 the Escher family moved to Oosterbeek Holland During this year and the following few years MC Escher became very involved in literature and began to write some of his own poems and essays Trying to pursue a career in architecture MC Escher next moved to Haarlem and began studies as the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts There he met the artist Jessurun de Mesquita After seeing Eschers drawings Mesquita and the schools director advised him to continue with them He began full-time study of the graphic and decorative arts in 1919 In 1922 Escher and a couple of friends visited Italy He did a great deal of serious drawing in San Gimignano Volterra and Siena He spent all of the spring of 1922 roaming the Italian countryside drawing landscapes plants and even insects In Assissi the painter Gerretsen On June 12 1924 Escher married Jetta in Viareggio Italy The new couple traveled much that year They visited Genoa Annecy and Brussels Upon their return home Escher and Jetter bought a house just outside Rome and moved into it in October of
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