M.C. Escher, born Mauritus Cornelis Escher, was a renowned graphic artist. This acclaimed Dutch artist was famous for his unique and fascinating work that explored mathematical ideas. Admired mainly by mathematicians and scientists, his work gained popularity only after Martin Gardner featured it in his ‘Mathematical Games Column’ in the year 1966. His exhibition was also written about in ‘Time Magazine’. Escher’s work mostly enclosed with two broad areas - the geometry of space and the logic of space. Later in the 21st century, his works were exhibited at ‘Rio de Janeiro’ which attracted more than five hundred thousand visitors. ‘The Scaffold’, ‘Beaver & Krause’ and ‘Mandrake Memorial’ are some of the album covers which presented his work. Throughout his life he worked towards finding order in chaos and researched deeply into the mysteries of our universe. The same is exhibited through his artworks. Here is a collection of some famous quotes and sayings which have been curated from his life, work, thoughts and views. Following are the most notable quotes and thoughts by M.C. Escher.
Although I am even now still a layman in the area of mathematics, and although I lack theoretical knowledge, the mathematicians, and in particular the crystallographers, have had considerable influence on my work of the last twenty years. The laws of the phenomena around us--order, regularity, cyclical repetition, and renewals--have assumed greater and greater importance for me. The awareness of their presence gives me peace and provides me with support. I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, and not in a formless chaos, as it sometimes seems.
I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms, even though that is how it sometimes appears. My subjects are also often playful: I cannot refrain from demonstrating the nonsensicalness of some of what we take to be irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure to deliberately mix together objects of two and three dimensions, surface and spatial relationships, and to make fun of gravity.
In mathematical quarters, the regular division of the plane has been considered theoretically. ... [Mathematicians] have opened the gate leading to an extensive domain, but they have not entered this domain themselves. By their very nature they are more interested in the way in which the gate is opened than in the garden lying behind it.
There is something in such laws that takes the breath away. They are not discoveries or inventions of the human mind, but exist independently of us. In a moment of clarity, one can at most discover that they are there and take them into account. Long before there were people on the earth, crystals were already growing in the earth's crust. On one day or another, a human being first came across such a sparkling morsel of regularity lying on the ground or hit one with his stone tool and it broke off and fell at his feet, and he picked it up and regarded it in his open hand, and he was amazed.
M. C. Escher
For me it remains an open question whether [this work] pertains to the realm of mathematics or to that of art.
To tell you the truth, I am rather perplexed by the concept of 'art'. What one person considers to be 'art' is often not 'art' to another. 'Beautiful' and 'ugly' are old-fashioned concepts that are seldom applied these days; perhaps justifiably, who knows? Something repulsive, which gives you a moral hangover, and hurts your ears or eyes, may well be art. Only 'kitsch' is not art - we're all agreed about that. Indeed, but what is 'kitsch'? If only I knew!
I never got a pass mark in math... Just imagine - mathematicians now use my prints to illustrate their books. Funny me consorting with all these learned folks, as though I were their long lost brother. I guess they are unaware of the fact that I am ignorant about the whole thing.