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M. C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972)

Art

Also known as:  Escher, Maurits Cornelis; Maurits Cornelis Escher

Birth Place: Leeuwarden (Friesland, Netherlands)

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How much are original MC Escher paintings worth?

MC Escher paintings represent a reasonably good value, especially considering the standing of the artist in pop culture. An MC Escher painting can be worth tens of thousands of dollars on the low-end, with some on the high-end selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The most ever paid for an MC Escher print was $37,500 for the piece Swans (1956) on April 16th, 2019 from Heritage Auctions. MC Escher represents great value for the prospective collector thanks to his intense popularity with the populist art community.

Who was MC Escher?

Maurits Cornelis Escher (MC Escher) devoted his career to innovatively exploring space, perspective, and perception. His Impossible Space, Transformation Prints, and Regular Division Drawings gained great popularity with the public throughout the 20th century and demonstrate Escher’s adept ability to combine architectural concepts and graphic art. His work still resonates with fans young and old today thanks to its playful, surrealistic nature and its prevalence on t-shirts, mugs, and other popular items.

How did MC Escher get started?

MC Escher was born the youngest son of a Dutch civil engineer in 1898. After failing high school, Escher continued in his father’s footsteps and took an interest in design and construction, so he enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. After only one week at this school, Escher knew that he would rather study graphic art than architecture, but he later combined concepts from both of these fields in his innovative drawings and prints.

What was MC Escher famous for?

MC Esher is most famous for his graphic art which is known for its playful relationship with perspective and space. Perhaps best known is his Ascending and Descending (1960) which shows a series of stairs that all lead into each other while also all go up -- an impossibility in the real world. This lithograph has been reprinted an untold amount of times, as posters, as t-shirts, and any other tchotchke you can think of. He left behind a huge body of work, with well over 2000 drawings and sketches over the course of his lifetime.

What kind of art did MC Escher make?

MC Escher made surrealist paintings that played with the ideas of time, perspective, and perception. In 1935, Escher and his family moved to Switzerland to escape Italian fascism, and during this time Escher took trips to Spain, where he was able to see the Alhambra, a Moorish castle in Grenada. The castle’s architectural design inspired Escher to begin his Regular Division Drawings and Transformation Prints, which became two of the most recognizable groups in his body of work. These works along with his Impossible Constructions led not only artists, but also mathematicians and scientists to laud Escher’s work. When Escher died in 1972, he left behind a legacy of 448 lithographs, and over 2000 drawings and sketches.

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Bid or buy MC Escher paintings for sale below. At Heritage Auctions you can bid online about a month prior to the auction date, and during live auctions you can bid online, in person, or over the phone. You can even make an offer to the owner who previously purchased an MC Escher painting. Watch for new paintings from MC Escher by saving a want list so you’ll be notified of any new works for sale.

Why buy original MC Escher paintings from Heritage Auctions?

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How to look up MC Escher original painting values?

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Where to get an appraisal for MC Escher?

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