Author(s): Micky Piller; Patrick Elliott; Frans Peterse
This book offers the opportunity to rediscover M.C. Escher (1898-1972), a giant of twentieth-century art. A fabulously imaginative artist of unparalleled technical ability, he focused exclusively on graphic art, never affiliating to any group, and was a one-man art movement creating some of the most famous and popular images in modern art. Published to accompany the exhibition M.C. Escher at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (27 June to 27 September 2015), the book illustrates the c.100 prints and drawings from the exhibition stretching across his whole career, and is drawn in its entirety from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Netherlands. Catalogue entries and short essays by the three authors accompany the illustrations.
Patrick Elliott is Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. He has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Recent publications include Tony Cragg, 2011; Another World: Dali, Magritte, Miro and the Surrealists, 2010; The Two Roberts: Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde, 2014. Micky Piller has been the Chief Curator at Escher in Het Paleis since the museum opened in The Hague in 2002. She has contributed to important M.C. Escher publications (Japan, 2006; Denmark, 2008 and Brazil, 2011). Trained as an art historian, Piller worked as an art critic for several Dutch newspapers and weeklies, and international magazines such as Art Forum. She has been an art consultant to a major Dutch property development company and has organised several shows in Dutch museums. Frans Peterse is an art historian and Coordinator of Loans & Collections at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. He has written on modern art ranging from Russian avant-garde art to the prints of M.C. Escher. Publications include Mi>Bolshevist, ultra-modern and colourful. Russian art from the Triton Foundation, 2005; Super Escher. Tracing the creative path of a unique print artist, 2006 and Laszlo Moholy Nagy and the Netherlands in: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The Art of Light, 2010.