Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world’s best-known graphic artists. His work, which skilfully plays with perspective, space and reality, fascinates us to this day. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has one of the largest collections of work by M.C. Escher, and the highlights of his oeuvre are on display at the Escher Museum.

M.C. Escher created his own world, inspired by his awe of and admiration for the laws of nature. In his masterpiece Day and Night he used the graphic aspect of the Dutch polder landscape to portray a metamorphosis in which square fields become diamond shapes and gradually transform into geese.

In another leading work, Relativity, Escher managed to defy gravity. What appears to one person to be the top of a stair is the bottom to another. Escher was able to transform his imaginative and often humorous ideas into optical illusions and impossible realities. Whimsical, yet always executed with astounding technical precision.

Snakes is another highlight: three realistically depicted snakes encircle a tessellating image, a sublime twisting synthesis of alpha and beta. This was M.C. Escher’s final work: he had literally come full circle.

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