M. C. Escher. “For me it remains an open question whether [this work] pertains to the realm of mathematics or to that of art.”. The Life of Escher. Lived 1898 to 1972 in Holland Was never a good student, even in math Grew to enjoy graphic art and travel
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“For me it remains an open question whether [this work] pertains to the realm of mathematics or to that of art.”
At first I had no idea at all of the possibility of systematically building up my figures. I did not know ... this was possible for someone untrained in mathematics, and especially as a result of my putting forward my own layman's theory, which forced me to think through the possibilities.
Light and shadow
Although Escher was not trained as a mathematician, his geometric theoretical discoveries have made a tremendous impact on both the mathematic and artistic worlds.
Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.
By keenly confronting the enigmas that surround us, and by considering and analysing the observations that I have made, I ended up in the domain of mathematics, Although I am absolutely without training in the exact sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than with my fellow artists.
The laws of mathematics are not merely human inventions or creations. They simply 'are'; they exist quite independently of the human intellect. The most that any(one) ... can do is to find that they are there and to take cognizance of them.