M.C. Escher began his career as an architect, but he made his mark with his graphic art. Using a mathematical technique called "tessellation," he produced complex patterns based on repeating shapes in the forms such as butterflies, fish, birds, and lizards.

Escher Quotes

Regarding His Work:

Regarding Art:
Regarding Dividing The Plane: (symmetry and tessellations)

Other Quotes:

  • " I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well."

  • " I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints."

  • " To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am."

  • What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness." Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

  • " At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important."

  • " I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven't the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. I've been doing this work for thirty years now."

  • " I don't grow up. In me is the small child of my early days."

  • " I play a tiresome game."

  • " I walk around in mysteries. Each time, youngsters say: you make Op-art too. I don't know what that is, Op-art. This work I have been making for the past thirty years."

  • " The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure."

  • " So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen."

Timeline of M.C. Escher's life: http://www.worldofescher.com/reading/cronbib1.html

M.C. Escher Mindscapes: http://cybermuse.gallery.ca/cybermuse/youth/escher/home/home01_e.jsp

M.C. Escher. com: http://www.mcescher.com/

The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher: http://www.mathacademy.com/pr/minitext/escher/index.asp

Our Tessellation WebQuest developed by Cynthia R. Parker
7th Grade Mathematics Instructor
Alice Drive Middle School
Sumter School District #17
Sumter, South Carolina
July 2004