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Maurits Cornelis MC Escher Maurits Cornelis Escher world famous left-handed graphic artists MC Escher and his unforgettable prints of impossible structures such as Ascending and Descending Relativity and his Transformation Prints such as Metamorphosis I II and III are a few of the works that has earned Escher worldwide aclaim and the right to be known as the master of graphic art illusions Escher was born on June 17 1898 in the Dutch province of Friesland His parents George Arnold Escher and Sarah Gleichman Escher had three sons of which Maurits called Mauk for short was the youngest The family lived in a grand house named Princessehof which would later become a museum and host exhibitions of MC Eschers works The family moved to Arnhelm where Maurits attended elementary and secondary school In 1907 he started learning carpentry and piano In secondary school he received poor grades except in drawing His art teacher took an 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 only attended because of his parents orders Kist was also interested in printing techniques and may have encouraged MC to make his first linoleum cut works Among 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
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