M.C. Escher. The Father of modern Tessellations. Who is M.C. Escher?. Escher was born in Leeuwarden in Holland on June 17th, 1898. He was the youngest of 4 brothers. He is usually referred to by his initials which stand for Maurits, Cornelis. His family called him Mauk.
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The Father of modern Tessellations
Head of child, 1916
Self Portrait in Chair, 1920
He created the pen and ink drawing “8 Heads” in 1922.Although it is not a tessellation, it is an indicator of what was about to come.Escher loved to play with you mind. For example, when you flip the drawing…
Escher's drawing of Alhambra tiling.
The word 'tessera' in latin means a small stone cube. They were used to make up 'tessellata' - the mosaic pictures forming floors and tilings in Roman buildings.
Today, the term has become more specialized and is used to refer to pictures or tiles, mostly in the form of animals and other life forms, which cover the surface of a plane in a symmetrical way without overlapping or leaving gaps.
A tessellation is created when a shape is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps.
Another word for a tessellation is a tiling.
During his life, he became obsessed with filling the plane with pictures that did not overlap or leave spaces.
Aged 68, he stated, "Filling the plane has become a real mania to which I have become addicted and from which I sometimes find it hard to tear myself away."
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