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About Escher

Escher on film

During the years several interesting documentaries and short films have been made about Maurits Escher. On this page we show a selection of them.

Escher working on Snakes

The only known film showing Escher at work. He cuts and prints Snakes, his last woodcut from 1969.

Adventures in Perception, 1971

A documentary which contains lots of works made by Escher, accompanied by a filmscore by Felix Visser. Halfway through Escher himself appears, working in his studio.

Cinemedia, 1999

A documentary on Eschers life and work, produced by CINEMEDIA with the Nederlandse Programma Stichting (NPS) and Radio Nederland Televisie (RNTV) in 1999.

The Art of the Impossible: MC Escher and Me, 2015

Professor Sir Roger Penrose is not only a big fan of M.C. Escher, he also worked with te graphic artist. Penrose first got in touch with Eschers work during the International Mathematical Congres in Amsterdam, in 1954. Some of the most iconic works of Escher are based on the work of Penrose. Who started a lot of his research with Eschers works. This film is made for the first British retrospective on Escher which was shown in Edinburgh and London.


The Mathematical Art of MC Escher, 2013

Short documentary by the BBC.

MC Escher, Images of Mathematics

Introduction on Escher made by Breezewood documentaries, with music by Chopin.

Escher: Sky and Water 1

A section of a documentary made by the National Film Board of Canada, called Escher, Van Gogh and Seurat: Art at Play. In it Canadian animation artists bring the work of these  three artists to life.

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A selection of his most important works, from early Italian landscapes to his latest woodcut Snakes

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Stories about Escher

Get to know Maurits Cornelis Escher. Articles by our curator and other authors provide deeper insight into his life and work.

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The life of Escher

Read the fascinating life story of Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972)

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