M.C. Escher Achieves The Impossible And So Much More
Ask people to name an auteur of the art world, and though the likes of Van Gogh, Moore or Turner will crop up, Escher rarely will. Why is that? After all, Escher's works are arguably some of the most recognisable in the world. The problem is, Escher is considered illustrator rather than a fine artist. The aim of The Amazing World of M.C. Escher at Dulwich Picture Gallery is to showcase the full range of his portfolio, re-asserting his position among the artistic greats.
Beforehand we were only familiar with Escher's optical illusory works, yet the first few rooms show him experimenting with Cubism; an abstract work is inspired by dolphins he saw swimming alongside a boat, and the patterns they created on the water's surface.
There are surreal works too; a giant praying mantis atop a sleeping bishop, and mini dragons marching out of a tessellated print before circling back into it. The artist's attention to detail is spectacular in pieces like the depiction of an eye with individual eyelashes perfectly rendered.
No Escher exhibition would be complete without his 'impossible' works. Here day merges into night, the right way up could be any direction and figures are trapped on a never-ending set of stairs.
These works round off a fantastic exhibition highlighting the full range of techniques and styles that Escher could turn his hand to, cementing his reputation as a spectacular artist.
The Amazing World of M.C. Escher is on at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD until 17 January 2016. Tickets are £14 for adults, concessions available and includes entrance to the excellent permanent collection.
Last Updated 14 October 2015