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Escher was born in Leeuwarden in Holland on June 17th, 1898. He was the youngest of 4 brothers. He is usually referred to by his initials which stand for Maurits Cornelis. His family called him Mauk. His father was a civil engineer. The family moved to Arnhem where he grew up and went to high school.

Here his art teacher noticed he had a liking for pen and ink drawings and taught him how to make linocuts. He became good at it and sent some to the best known graphic artist at the time, Roland Holtz, who was impressed and suggested he switch to wood. Escher then failed his school exams so Holtz suggested he became an architect!

'Head of Child' 1916
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