The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher
a Revealing Look into the Life and Work of the Most Astonishing Artist of Our Time
Paperback - May 1987 by Bruno Ernst
A study of the life and works of M.C. Escher. It shows many of the sketches, studies and diagrams which he made while creating his magical effects. His contribution to our understanding of perception and what we regard as possible or impossible is discussed and explained in this book.
Probably the best book written about dutch graphic artist MC Escher (by Bruno Ernst, an admirer of Escher that would become a close friend). Not only the book contains a great deal of graphic material, but there are also details about Escher's life not known elsewhere. The books covers a great deal about his early life, his travels to Italy in the 1920s, his life there, his exile into Switzerland after the fascists imposed uniforms on his children, his return to the Netherlands right before the Second World War. Remarkably, this artist revered by mathematicians for his representations of different types of symmetry and mathematical concepts, knew little math himself. He was a rather introverted artist, who had an ambivalent opinion about his own work.