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M. C. Escher
The Encounter
1944
Lithograph

13 7/16 x 18 5/16 inches
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1958

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from "ESCHER on ESCHER" Exploring the Infinite, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York:

Image Stories

Escher pursued themes of transformation in works he called "Image Stories" which involved images transforming from one state into another. In another version of "Pessimist and Optimist", he explains, "... on a gray wall, these human figures increase their mutual contrast toward the center ... each kind detaches themselves from the wall surface and walks into space ... Thus going round they cant help meeting in the foreground ... the black pessimist keeps his finger raised in a gesture of warning, but the white optimist cheerfully comes to his encounter, and so they finally shake hands."

M.C.Escher: "ESCHER on ESCHER" Exploring the Infinite, p. 46
Published in 1989 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York

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Excerpt from: The M.C. Escher Company B.V.:

M.C. Escher became fascinated by the regular Division of the Plane, when he first visited the Alhambra, a fourteen century Moorish castle in Granada, Spain in 1922.

During the years in Switzerland and throughout the Second World War, he vigorously pursued his hobby, by drawing 62 of the total of 137 Regular Division Drawings he would make in his lifetime.

He would extend his passion for the Regular Division of the Plane, by using some of his drawings as the basis for yet another hobby, carving beech wood spheres.

M.C. Escher Biography at: The M.C. Escher Company B.V.

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See also:

Escher Museum [Escher in Het Paleis], The Hague


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M. C. Escher, (Dutch, 1898-1972)
b. June 17, 1898, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
d. 1972

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