The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher
by Bruno Ernst
art by M.C. Escher
“What makes The Magic Mirror different from other books on Escher is the energy that has gone into explaining his work in simple terms.” ―El Cronista
“A woman once rang me up and said, ‘Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print "Reptiles," you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation.’ I replied, ‘Madame, if that’s the way you see it, so be it.’” A fittingly sly comment from renowned Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972), whose complex and ambiguous drawings continue to leave hasty interpretations far behind.
Long before the first computer-generated 3-D images, M.C. Escher was a master of the third dimension. His lithograph "Magic Mirror" dates as far back as 1946.
By taking such a title for the book, mathematician Bruno Ernst stressed the enrapturing spell Escher’s work invariably casts on those who see it.
Ernst visited Escher every week for a year, systematically talking through his entire oeuvre with him. Their discussions resulted in a friendship that gave Ernst intimate access to the life and conceptual world of Escher. Ernst’s account was then meticulously scrutinized and made accurate by the artist himself.
March 8, 2022
9.25 x 0.75 x 12 inches