This past Friday, my wife and I got a chance to see an exhibit of the works of one of my favorite artists, M.C. Escher. The exhibit, M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations, opened here in St Louis on May 2 and will remain through September 22.
This exhibit brings approximately 100 pieces from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, to the United States. For the St Louis exhibit, the curators are making use of two exhibition spaces. The main part of the exhibit is on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame and a smaller selection of Escher’s work is on display at the St Louis University Museum of Art.
The exhibit not only features the lithograph, woodcut, wood engraving, and mezzotint (yes, I had to Google this too) prints created by Escher, but also includes several practice and layout sketches, lithograph stones, and wood blocks used to create the prints. The inclusion of these printmaking tools allows the viewer to really appreciate the genius of Escher and the painstaking detail that went into each of his prints.
While I’ve always appreciated Escher’s work and have made use of book and internet viewings, nothing beats being able to see the actual prints up close. If you’re anywhere near the St Louis area, or will be before September 22, add this exhibit to your t-do list. You won’t be disappointed.
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Clipart stolen from Clipartmax.