# THE WORKS OF M.C. ESCHER

### Kailey Sajewski

Maurits Cornelis Escher was born on June 17th, 1898 and died March 27th, 1972. His nationality was Dutch, and he died at age 73. M.C. Escher (the name he is commonly known as) is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. His works showed many different kinds of mathematical patterns, called tesselations. Tesselations are paintings or drawings and such made by reusing the same object or shape over and over again. M.C. Escher traveled through Italy and the beautiful designs he saw greatly influenced his artwork. M.C. Escher was a very talented and creative artist.
This is a tesselation made by M.C. Escher. This tesselation is made up of half birds, half fish.
This is a tesselation of the same hand, repeated twice.
This tesselation is of a knight of his horse.

## Transformations

As you can see, all three tesselations have at least one shape (or object) repeated. The first and third picture have the same type of transformation done to it. This transformation is called a translation. A translation is when an shape is slid in any direction. The second picture, however, is a reflection. A reflection is when a shape is flipped across the y or x axis, so the copy of the first shape is upside down. There is one more transformation that can be done to create a tesselation, a rotation, which is when a shape is turned around a certain point.
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