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M.C. Escher Documentary Gives New Insight Into His Mind-Bending Art

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Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher is known for his groundbreaking work with tessellations and other perspective-distorting illustrations. A documentary on Escher, produced by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1971, has recently surfaced on the Internet. It provides a fascinating glimpse into some of the inspiration behind his abstract art.

Directed by Dutch filmmaker Han Van Gelder, the 20-minute film starts showcasing Escher’s works set to a score composed by Felix Visser. The film’s first half doesn’t provide as much value as the latter half does — that’s when you actually hear and see Escher himself. Luckily for those of you with already overloaded schedules, the artist’s Facebook page published an abridged version of the film with all the most interesting parts included. Watch the 10-minute clip below.