The exhibition, The Worlds of M. C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination, at the North Carolina Museum of Art has been so popular that it has been extended through January 24. Knowing that Escher’s work has been associated with Bach’s, I was keen on viewing the exhibition. Following my visit, I wrote a few words about Escher in an earlier post, The Puzzling Musical Offering.
As I toured the galleries, I couldn’t help thinking that Escher’s two- and three-dimensional works might be visual representations of Bach’s two- and three-part inventions. Yet another parallel between the two masters is that both Escher and Bach stole from themselves constantly. They regularly reused motifs or thematic material they had drawn or composed earlier in newer works, sometimes multiple times. Escher called these his “arrangements.” To me, these findings are fascinating!
Whether listening to Bach or viewing works by Escher, if we pay attention, the rewards are many.