Thursday, June 17, 2010

Meandering here and there . . .

Today is the birthday of Maurits Cornelis Escher (June 17, 1898 – March 27, 1972), illustrator, printmaker, muralist, draftsman and artist. He is best known as M. C. Escher, the creator of very unique and fascinating works of art that explore a wide range of mathematical ideas.

"He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder." - M. C. Escher

"I have sometimes heard painters say that they paint "for themselves": but I think they would soon have painted their fill if they lived on a desert island. The primary purpose of all art forms, whether it’s music, literature, or the visual arts, is to say something to the outside world; in other words, to make a personal thought, a striking idea, an inner emotion perceptible to other people’s senses in such a way that there is no uncertainty about the maker's intentions." - M. C. Escher

"We adore chaos because we love to produce order." - M. C. Escher

"I do indeed believe that there is a certain contrast between, say, people in scientific professions and people working in the arts. Often there is even mutual suspicion and irritation, and in some cases one group greatly undervalues the other. Fortunately there is no one who actually has only feeling or only thinking properties. They intermingle like the colors of the rainbow and cannot be sharply divided." - M. C. Escher

"We live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms, as we sometimes seem to." - M. C. Escher

"What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness." - M. C. Escher

"It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say." - M. C. Escher

Escher image source (1)

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