Escher was an artist, but not your typical one. He wasn't a Monet, working with watercolors and painting flowers. Neither was he a Michelangelo, studying the human anatomy and sculpting exquisite examples of a human being. Though he was originally trained as an architect, M.C. Escher was no Frank Lloyd Wright; he never designed magnificent houses and buildings. Though much of his work was based on the periodic designs of ancient Moorish mosaics, Escher broke the most fundamental of their rulesthe representation of living objects in art.
Escher was a individual artist. He incorporated the fantasy of
Monet, the logic and precision of Michaelangelo, the perspective
and three-dimensional vision of Wright, and the patterns of the
Moors, into his own woodcuts, lithographs, and drawings. He created
impossible worlds and outlandish creatures. His inspiration, the
Moors of Alhambra, Spain, lead him to create wonderful tesselations
of people, animals, and geometric shapes.
All M. C. Escher works (c) Cordon Art B.V.-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used with permission.