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About Escher

Escher on film

During the years several interesting documentaries and short films have been made about Maurits Escher. On this page we show a selection of them.

Escher working on Snakes

The only known film showing Escher at work. He cuts and prints Snakes, his last woodcut from 1969.

Adventures in Perception, 1971

A 20-minute documentary which contains lots of Escher’s work, accompanied by a dissonant film score by Felix Visser. Half way through the film, Escher himself appears, working in his studio. The voiceover explains about his life and work, as well as playing quotes by Escher himself. The film was directed by Han Van Gelder and forms part of the Living Art in the Netherlands series. The documentary was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cinemedia, 1999

A documentary on Escher’s life and work, produced by CINEMEDIA with the
Nederlandse Programma Stichting (NPS) and Radio Nederland Televisie (RNTV) in 1999

The Art of the Impossible: MC Escher and Me, 2015

Professor Sir Roger Penrose is not only a big fan of M.C. Escher; he also worked closely with the graphic artist. Penrose first came into contact with Escher’s work during the International Congress of Mathematics in Amsterdam, in 1954. Some of Escher’s most iconic works are based on the work of Penrose, who began a lot of his research with Escher’s works. This film is made for the first British retrospective on Escher which was shown in Edinburgh and London.

The Mathematical Art of MC Escher, 2013

Short documentary by the BBC.

MC Escher, Images of Mathematics

Introduction to the work of Escher made by Breezewood documentaries, with music by Chopin.

Escher: Sky and Water 1

A section from a documentary made by the National Film Board of Canada, called Escher, Van Gogh and Seurat: Art at Play. In it, three Canadian animation artists bring the work of these three artists to life.

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Masterpieces

Dutchman Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the most famous graphic artists in the world. The way he plays with perspective, space and reality means he remains fascinating even today. The highlights of his collection can be seen in Escher in Het Paleis.

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Stories about Escher

Get to know Maurits Cornelis Escher. Articles by our curator and other authors provide deeper insight into his life and work.

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The life of Escher

Read the fascinating life story of Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972)

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