M. C. Escher Impossible Structures and Inspiration


Last night I was looking for some references about mathematics for a t-shirt design I’m working on. I found an incredibly cool Dutch artist named M. C. Escher. You have probably already seen his work and haven’t realized it was him, so that’s why I decided to blog about him.

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, as can be seen on the many web sites on the internet.

He is most famous for his so-called impossible structures, such as Ascending and Descending, Relativity, his Transformation Prints, such as Metamorphosis I, Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III, Sky & Water I or Reptiles.

But he also made some wonderful, more realistic work during the time he lived and traveled in Italy.


Looking at his work we can clearly see inspiration from the universe with small planets and a very good use of patterns, which I love; with the exception of the impossible structures which make me dizzy :)

For more information about M. C. Escher visit http://www.mcescher.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.C._Escher

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Fabio Sasso

I'm a Brazilian product designer based in Oakland, California currently working for Google as a Staff Designer. I am also the founder of Abduzeedo, an award-winning digital publication about design and a personal project that has become the source of inspiration for millions of designers and enthusiasts.