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The works of Escher

Today’s VERITAS is about paintings . So you have to see each link through ur web browser . Otherwise it is no use .

      Today we will talk about the works of a very imaginative painter .

His name was M.C Escher . He was born in 1898 in Holland . His father

was a civil engineer . M.C was not very good at studies and never managed to

pass high school . But he had a great interest in paining and architecture .

      In 1921 he started experimenting with a very different style .

His paintings were not related to relatty as we see it . It is more

fantasy. It is a different way of looking at reality .


For example see his drawing hands : Each hand draws the other :



Escher experimented with trying to represnt infinity in his paintings .


His paintings also have “infinite loops” . For example see his waterfall.

The water is always at the same level . But still it falls down at the end :

or see his Ascending,Descending . One set of people is forever climbing

the stairs . The other set is forever coming down :



This one is really wow . This is “Another World ” . The great thing is

that whichever way u look at it you see a replication of a whole

world . You feel that you are standing on a cross road between

worlds whicg are images of each other .



Another one that can “hit” you is Day and Night . This is one of his

most popular works . See this and feel it . Half the painting is

day and the other half is night .




Escher died in 1972 . By this time he had become really famous .

He is really respected by Mathematicians and Atrists . His

works contain the description of matematical concepts of infinity ,

endless loops , self swallowing sets … in the form of paintings .

Painting Styles

I tried to understand the distinction between different painting styles.

I am not sure if I achieved my objective . There are some styles that I understood quite well . Some others are quite blurred .

The following are the major styles alongwith examples and an artist who was a master of that style . Comments/corrections are most welcome .

But make sure that u look at the paintings . There is no point without that . Some styles I dont understand at all so I have kept that section blank .



CLASSICISM : A style of painting inspired by ancient Roman/Greek paintings and literature . Emphasis is on form , proportion and restrained emotion .



ROMANTICISM : This is the exact opposite of Classicism . This stresses

on strong emotions,imagination and freedom from classical norms .

The stress is on the individual , the personal , the spontaneous …


Delacroix was the greatest French Romantic painter .

See his painting “Combat of Giaour and Hassan ” :






EXPRESSIONNISM : The stress here is on the expression of inner experience

and not a portrayal of reality . So the emotions of the people come out

using colors , brush strokes . The emotions that are aroused in the artist

when he sees a scene are depicted .


Vincent Van Gogh was a expressionnist painter . Remember that even in his

self portraits or in his painting of the sunflowers his own turbulent

emotions come out is the form of wild brush strokes .


See his ” still life with four sunflowers ” :



see Van Gogh’s seff portrait :




Notice how wild the colors are .



IMPRESSIONNISM : Opposite of expressionnism . The aim is to concentrate on

the general scene and the impression it creates on the artist . Primary

colors were used .



Claude Monet was an impressionnist painter .


see his painting : The waterlilies( The clouds) and notice the difference

from Van Gogh’s sunflowers .






REALISM : To give an accurate objective description of nature or life .

This style rejects imaginative idealization .


Caravaggio was a realist . See his painting ” The fortune teller ” :






Renaissance : I could  not understand this one . Or its differences

from the rest 😦



CUBISM : The subjects are portrayed using geometric forms without realistic

detail . Often there are intersecting cones , cubes etc .


eg Picasso , and Joan Gris . See his ” Man in a Cafe ” 







SURREALISM : An attempt to express the subconscious by fantistic imagery .

Dreamy wierd stuff .


eg Salvador Dali , Yyes Tanguy . See Tanguy’s “Indefinite Divisibility ” :





Fauvism : Dont understand

Futurism : Something about mechanics and modern life etc .

Baroque  : Dont understand .