Escher initially pursed a career in architecture, but his passion for graphic arts soon changed his mind. He was taught the principles of graphic art by S. Jessurun De Mesquit in the Dutch town of Haarlem. He then started traveling, somewhat restlessly, throughout Southern Europe where he made sketches and studies the landscape.
After 1936, his realistic style and subject matter changed profoundly, when he drew the first of his famous "impossible realities", Fascinated by the majolica tiling in the Alhambra, he became obsessed by the ideas that form the basis of the regular division of the plane, such as the crystallographic principles of shifting, glide-reflection and rotation.
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