Sunday, June 11, 2017

260. The Crazy World of M.C.Escher

What timing the wanderer says to himself  ... to be in Catania during an exhibition if the extraordinary Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher ...

And all here at the Palazzo della Cultura - a renovated 15th Century palace - now a large cultural complex serving the people of Catania as well as us pesky tourists -  in downtown city - just a brief walk from my apartment.



M.C. Escher ( 1898 to 1972), was a graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts ( carving into a block of wood and making a print from that ), lithographs ( printing a picture from a flat, specially prepared stone ( or sheet of zinc or aluminum ), and mezzotints (a method of engraving on copper or steel by burnishing or scraping away a uniformly roughened surface ) ..  

His work features mathematical objects and operations including “… impossible objects, explorations of infinity, reflection, symmetry, perspective, truncated and stellated figures having many dimensions, hyperbolic geometry, and tessellations ...”.



The grand colonnade leaving into the museum 
gives the visitor an idea of what lies ahead ...

 
Self Portrait - woodcut - 1930

The exhibition is huge - beautifully curated in several small galleries - with hundreds of Escher's printed works of all sizes from tiny "ex libris" cards to a large 3m long work ... All the works are framed behind glass - giving the photographer a challenge to avoid reflections - and all of the works are glorious in their tiniest detail. For the sake of giving you a close up of that detail, I have taken some out of their frames - something I don't like doing usually ...

Street in Scanno - lithograph - 1930

 
Cathedral in Atrani - lithograph -1931

Tropea, Calabria - lithograph - 1931

Rossano, Calabria - woodcut - 1931

Rocca, Calabria - lithograph - 1931

Morano, Calabria - woodcut - 1930

 
gallery ...

  Monreale, Sicily - woodcut - 1932

  Caltavuturo - lithograph - 1933

 
 the principal of full and empty -
the idea behind much of his work ...

series of woodcuts - 1949 to 1963





 
   Fish, Illustration - wood engraving - 1956

series of red woodcuts - 1957





Metamorphosis II - 3-colour woodcut - 3m long - 1939





 

Day and Night 1 - black & grey woodcut - 1938

Depth - coloured woodcut - 1959
printed from 3 blocks ...

Puddle - coloured woodcuts -1952
printed from 3 blocks

Hand with Reflecting Sphere - lithograph - 1935

Rind - coloured woodcut - 1955
printed from 2 blocks

Bond of Union - lithograph - 1955

Stars - woodcut - 1948

 Up and Down - lithograph - 1947

gallery ...


Escher made many tiny woodcut greeting cards and 
"ex libris" cards for friends and also commissions ...


gallery ...

The Bridge - Scolastica - woodcut - 1932

Second day of Creation - woodcut - 1925

gallery ...

Castrovalva - lithograph - 1930

gallery ...

Sky and Water II - woodcut - 1938

Sky and Water 1 - woodcut - 1938

And my exhibition favourite ...
glorious piece of art in its extraordinary detail ...

Three Worlds - lithograph - 1955
 
Mobius Strip II - coloured woodcut - 1963


... and finally, back out into the sunny Palazzo courtyard - 
where even the 15thC architecture has an Escherian feel about it - 
or is my brain playing tricks with my mind after a couple of hours 
straining my eyes in the presence of the great master Escher ...

Time for caffeine me thinks ...