M.C. Escher 3
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In 1918, Escher duly enrolled in the 'School for Architecture and Decorative Arts' in Haarlem where he studied until 1922. One of his nature drawing teachers was Mesquita and Escher showed him some of his linocuts. At once, Mesquita recognised his pupil's potential and sought permission from his parents and school authorities for him to change courses. Escher rapidly developed his skills especially in woodcutting and produced work of startling maturity. Mesquita and he became lifelong friends. Escher was mortified when his friend was taken to concentration camp in the War. He never saw him again.

self portrait in chair by m c escher (1920)
'Self Portrait in Chair' - 1920
By permission Cordon Art - see site information.