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Anyone else appreciate Escher's drawings?


Oct 10 2012, 3:28am

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Anyone else appreciate Escher's drawings? Can't Post

I was just browsing and again ran across "Hand with Reflective Sphere" (1935) and was strongly reminded of an image of one of the palantiri:


I am not a Tolkien historian, just an avid fan with an idle thought - might the good Professor have been familiar with M.C. Escher's work?

I love the artist's bent perspectives, such as "Ascending and Descending" (1960): http://www.mcescher.com/...recogn-bmp/LW435.jpg

and "Waterfall" (1961): http://www.mcescher.com/...recogn-bmp/LW439.jpg. The images just set my mind to work.

Anyone else out there a fan of Escher's?


Oct 10 2012, 7:33am

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Oh yes, I love Escher [In reply to] Can't Post

And just a silly random thought, there's a great line in Flight of the Conchord's 'Inner City Pressure" - "You've lost direction like a picture by Escher...it's the pressure"


Oct 10 2012, 9:26am

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Escher is amazing! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've got a couple of books with his work and a HUGE t-shirt that I use as a night shirt :) He really has an uncanny way of messing with the eye :)


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Oct 10 2012, 12:07pm

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I do. [In reply to] Can't Post

One of my favorites is Day and Night. Many of these "symmetry" pictures just seem to click with me. But my all-time favorite is Relativity:

The movier Labyrinth portrayed this scene and I was thrilled to see it on film. Smile

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Oct 10 2012, 12:21pm

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Me, too. [In reply to] Can't Post

And this is one of my favorites.

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Oct 10 2012, 7:28pm

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My daughter went through a bit of an Escher phase [In reply to] Can't Post

I recall she particularly liked the interlocking lizards! His work is very clever indeed; mathematically precise without losing the artistry.


Oct 11 2012, 1:13pm

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Also that particular image in the sphere [In reply to] Can't Post

Of an older gent, nicely dressed, with books behind him - looks a bit like Tolkien himself!

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Oct 14 2012, 5:32am

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His work also inspired an episode of Dr. Who [In reply to] Can't Post


The episode (and the title town) Castrovalva was really fun and and mind-bending. It's especially influenced by "Relativity" and "Ascending and Descending." The residents, and even the visiting Dr. and companions, can't actually see what's wrong with the town, but know it's screwy when they can get to the town square any number of ways - all staircases, up or down - lead to the square. One of my favorite classic Dr. Who episodes. Smile


Oct 15 2012, 3:59am

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His drawings are fantastic [In reply to] Can't Post

In fact, both Alan Lee and John Howe were inspired by them Smile

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