Cornelis (M.C.) Escher was born on June 17, 1898,
in the Dutch province of Friesland. His parents,
George Arnold Escher and Sarah Gleichman Escher,
had three sons of which Maurits (called Mauk for
short) was the youngest. His father, George, was
a civil engineer.
At a young age, Escher was encouraged by his father
to learn carpentry and other craft skills. Though
he was not a very good student in general, his
artistic talent was apparent early in his schooling.
He was encouraged by his family and friends to
pursue this interest in a regular career, namely