M.C Esher' Tessellation Sensation

Alexis Falzone

M.C Esher

Maurits Cornelis Esher was a famous graphic artist but was most famous for his "impossible structures." Some of these "impossible structures" included: Ascending and descending, relativity, and transformation prints. He also made more realisitc work while he traveled Paris such as the Castrovala. People could see his fascination for high and low, close and far. He made 448 lithographs, woodcuts, and wood engravings and over 200 drawings. Esher was also fascinated by the regular Divison of the Plane he saw when he was in Alhambra. Not only did he create all this work but he also played with architecture, and perspective and impossible spaces. His work continues to amaze and wonder the world.


This tessellation consists of two different sized squares.
This tessellation consists of hexagons and triangles.
This tessellation consists of square and triangles.


There are many different transformations used in a tessellation. These transformations are called translations, rotations, reflections, and glide reflections. Translation means move. You move a shape in a direction or magnitude. A rotation means to turn a shape around a center point(center of rotation). The amount of turning is called the angle of rotation. The next transformation is a reflection. A reflection occurs when you reflect a shape over an axis. To reflect you need to make corresponding points on the other side of the axis for every point of the original shape. The last transformation is called a glide reflection which is a combination of a reflection and a traslation. You flip and glide.

Contact Information

Email: tessellationsensation@esher.com

Phone: 123-777-esher