M. C. ESCHER Original 1954 RARE EXHIBITION CATALOG Stedelijk Museum LITHOGRAPHS
Original catalogue for the M. C. Escher exhibition held in the late summer of 1954 at the Amsterdam modern art museum, the Stedelijk. The exhibition was called for by the International Congress of Mathematicians to coincide with their September 2 - 9, 1954 conference. Escher also gave a successful talk at the conference.
Published by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1954. First edition. Text in Dutch and English. Preface by Dutch Mathematician Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn; Introduction by M.C. Escher in Dutch, with English summary. Illustrated softcovers, 10" x 7.5", 32 unnumbered pages, beautifully illustrated throughout with 22 iconic Escher images, 15 are full page b&w off-set lithographs, and 7 are full page b&w lithographs. VERY GOOD Condition: complete as issued, softcovers have some rubs, scrapes, corner bumps, and shelf wear, internally, light signs of age and use, and one split at gutter but holding, otherwise very bright, clean and unmarked. Uncommon, only 20 in OCLC collections worldwide.
Maurits Cornelis Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972) was a world famous graphic artist whose work explored the endlessness of infinity. He was courted by elite academic circles, acclaimed by mathematicians and scientists but largely unknown outside the scientific community. This 1954 exhibit at a major modern art museum gave him significant recognition in the art world and a path to superstardom.