M.C. Escher, a Visionary Artist

Meggan Seech-Hrvatin

M.C. Escher

Maurtis Cornelis Escher was born on June 17, 1898 in the Netherlands. As a child he enjoyed drawing, but he struggled very much in school. In college he studied architecture but later switched to decorative arts. Throughout his life he lived in Italy, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He was influenced by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Escher's first picture of an impossible reality was "Still Life and Street" in 1937. When Escher was in his 70's he moved into a retirerment home for artists called the Rosa Spier Huis. M.C. Escher died in that home at age 73 on March 27, 1972.

Tranformations of Tesselation

Some different transformations for tesslations include a translation, a rotation, a reflection, and a glide reflection. A translation is to move the shape up, down, left, right, etc. A rotation is to turn the shape over the center of rotation. A reflection is when you "flip" a shape over the line of symmetry. A glide reflection is when you first reflect the shape and then move it. Those are some of the ways to transform a tesslation.