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The Creation by M. C. Escher

“And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. fake richard mille for sale
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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  • 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.

    • Jack February 27, 2022, 7:26 AM

      Casey, speaking of artists, I always enjoy your paintings when they’re posted here. I ventured into drawing with pencil and ink 3 decades ago and it was completely satisfying but work and child raising took too much of my time and somehow I just let it go.

      Life has a lot of challenges and unknowns and I read somewhere (and paraphrased here) that to an artist, a blank canvas is his greatest challenge. Keep up the great work.

  • 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.”

  • Billy Pilgrim February 26, 2022, 10:27 PM

    Took some scraps to the forest and the owls were howling and hooting, beautiful!
    1000 years is a day to the Almighty and many regimes have proclaimed their 1000 years of magnificence and conquering of the world, only to last a few years.

  • Snakepit Kansas February 26, 2022, 10:28 PM

    Wonderful! I love it!

  • Giles Overreach February 26, 2022, 11:23 PM

    Peace and love.
    Thank you Gerard.

  • grace clark February 27, 2022, 8:42 AM

    Thanks…………beautiful woodcuts!!

  • PA Cat February 27, 2022, 9:27 AM

    Casey is doubtless right that “the secret is not in the details,” but I couldn’t help noting some of the details in the last woodcut– specifically, the white cat standing behind Eve’s left leg, its tail raised in the way cats carry themselves when they’re happy– and the little mouse to its lower left, apparently unafraid of its post-Eden enemy. Small details, but a gifted artist’s reminder that “nature red in tooth and claw” is as much a result of the loss of Eden as is humankind’s fall and all the historical calamities that followed.

  • Dirk February 27, 2022, 9:28 AM

    Thank you GV, we’re pretty down around here. Our friend our helper was killed in a car crash. She leaves behind a 17 year old daughter. Think we are going to invite the daughter into our lives, a home three hots, wheels, assistance with College.

    She’s a wonderful kid, filling unimaginable shoes right now.

    • Vanderleun February 27, 2022, 3:00 PM

      God bless you both and God bless her.

  • ghostsniper February 27, 2022, 10:20 AM

    I don’t know what Casey means about “secret is not in the details” but that is exactly where I try to excel, in the details. And the secrets in those details. They are for me. My little secrets. The tiny little details that uninterested people may never see, in the perspective ink drawings I do of buildings. The “hidden” reflections in the glass windows and doors. The almost obscure background images beyond the glass. The small creature peering over the branch on a tree in the front yard. The coral snake (black before red) coiled on the other side of the drive way. And always, my initials and the year I did the drawing stuffed in the foliage somewhere.

    Everyone else in my office had went to lunch and I stayed to answer the phones and get some stuff done in peace and quiet. The “beep” went off on the front door indicating someone had come in and I figured it was one of the employees. After a few minutes I had heard no sounds so I got up and walked out into the reception area and saw a guy looking at one of the perspective renderings on the wall that I had drawn and had matted and framed. I asked if I could help him and he said, “Man I could stare at this stuff all day. I can’t believe the amount of detail in these drawings.” He said he walks past my office every day at lunch time and sees the drawing in question through the glass door and today he decided to stop in for a closer look.

    It’s very easy to detail something to death. I’ve done that. And I’ve learned from it. You have to know when enough is enough. Otherwise the whole thing will look “muddied”. Can’t see the forest for the trees.

  • Terry February 27, 2022, 3:03 PM

    Wood cut prints.

    The town I grew up in, Columbia, California, was home to a very gifted artist. Not far from you Gerard.

    Charles Surendorf and his young and beautiful wife, Barbara and children were close friends to my family.

    Eccentric. Yes. Possible bad influence on teenagers. Maybe. Fun to be around. Yes, yes, yes!


    • Terry February 27, 2022, 3:53 PM

      More Surendorf.

      Linked below: Bottom of page 2, where my family attended church. “Little Red Church”, Sonora, California.


      Some locals called him “Charlie” which he originally hated when he first moved to Columbia, circa 1945 or so. But he eventually realized everyone in the area loved him and his wife. So Charles, became Charlie. Except those who were his closest friends which included my family. He was always, Charles to us.

      His life was extremely interesting. Would make a wonderful read. I have only been able to locate one of his four children. She is a few years younger than me and will not reply back to me.

      The art Charles created which I think is his best is not ever shown on any web site that I have found in searching. That work displays the ‘Berkeley’ influence I would say. He lived and taught in the Bay Area when he originally moved out west. That is where he met Barbara, who was his favorite subject for nude art. She was a student with every attribute desired for the poses she provided. All this information is from people I knew many years ago.

      Charles in later years switched from wood to tile for the prints. My family has many Surendorf work pieces and there are some oil, pastel, pencil, water color and etc. Also, Charles did sculpting in wood and clay. Exquisite work.

      I remember viewing a new piece, in clay sitting on the coffee table in front of my mother and my two brothers that was, shall I say, rated other than “G”. Very nice!

      • Ron Robertson February 28, 2022, 8:31 PM

        Thank you Terry, I was born in 1953, in rural Australia.
        Charles’s art resonates.
        In my mind, he is alive.
        Uncle Ron.