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The Creation by M. C. Escher

“And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. “

“Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”

 “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.”

“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth.”

“Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”

 “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”


Background: At the end of 1924, Escher and his new bride purchased a house under construction in Frascati, a small town outside of Rome.

The house was finished in March, 1925, but the couple did not move in until October. Shortly after Escher moved into his new home outside of Rome, his brother was killed in a mountaineering accident, and Escher had to go to the site to identify the body. After this tragedy, Escher produced his famous Days of Creation woodcuts.

M.C. Escher Biography

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  • Nunnya Bidnez, jr May 19, 2019, 6:16 AM

    There is an excellent exhibit of Escher’s works in New York City right now;
    it is closing on May 26th, so if you’re in NYC you should hurry to see it.
    https://www.eschernyc.com/
    https://industrycity.com/event/m-c-escher-exhibit-opening/
    https://www.facebook.com/EscherNYC/
    It’s located in Brooklyn at 34 34th Street, in Industry City, a group of converted factory buildings on the waterfront. Take the “R” or “D” or “N” train to 36th street in Brooklyn , walk west towards the waterfront.
    There are hundreds of his prints, some interactive optical illusions, and videos.
    I highly recommend going there.

  • Ann K. May 19, 2019, 8:06 AM

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  • Casey Klahn May 19, 2019, 8:42 AM

    Good on Escher! An inspiring story: his brother killed climbing, but he turns that around into a grace call.

    Lovely works, esp. teaming creatures.

    This graphic artist exceeds his office and his work is fine (big “F” as in fine art). Interesting to note that Norman Rockwell, another not-fine-artist, has work achieving high auction values just this week in the news. Your star will rise if the legacy you leave has soul in it. IMEO, Escher and NR are exceedingly fine, and the secret is not in the details.

  • JiminAlaska May 19, 2019, 9:56 AM

    Good on yer, Gerard! It prompted me to go and grab some Escher off my book shelves to enjoy. Dang, I couldn’t fine the book I was looking for, but I know is there somewhere. So, alas, to quote Escher; “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check.”