Maurits Cornelis Escher was born on June 17th, 1898 in Leeurwarden, Holland. Escher had always had an interest in art. Growing up, Escher was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and become an architecht, so he was sent to The School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. Once he got there he realized that he didn't want to become an architect, and low grades in school were also preventing him from becoming one. (He failed his high school exams and this school would allow him to take some of his high school courses again.)
Up until the 1950's, M. C. Escher's art was never recognized, but in 1956 Escher gave his frist important art exhibition. This exhibition recieved a write-up in Time Magazine and after that, Escher was world-renouned. Escher was most recognized for his so-called 'impossible structures', such as Ascending and Descenging and Waterfall.
Escher appealed to the artists of the world, but also to the mathmaticians. They were intregued of how he could create designs that used geometric thinking to puzzle-together shapes without spaces or overlaps. This was Escher's own creation called 'Tessellating'. Escher claims that he had had no previous training in mathematics above the high school level.
Escher once quoted:
"By keenly confronting the enigmas that surround us, and by considering and analyzing the observations that I have made, I ended up in the domain of mathematics. Although I am absolutely without training in the exact sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than with my fellow artists."
Escher was a world renowned mathmatician and artist. M. C. Escher died in Laven, Holland on March 27th, 1972 at the age of 74.