The Artist Birthday Series

M.C. Escher

Today’s Artist Birthday: M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher was a 20th century Dutch illustrator whose innovative works explored echoing patterns, perception, space and transformation. He developed a print and engraving style that distinctively played with orientation and space. Influenced by Moorish designs in Spain, works like his famous “Day and Night” featured interlocking forms and transformation on a surreal canvas.


Maurits Cornelis Escher was born on June 17, 1898, in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, to Sarah and George Escher. The youngest of five brothers, he had an ability to visualize distinct spatial patterns from childhood, and, though not faring well in much of his earlier studies, he attended Haarlem’s School for Architectural and Decorative Arts.

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