M.C. Escher meme: Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist known for his (often) mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture and tessellations (a covering of an infinite geometric plane without gaps or overlaps by congruent plane figures of one type or a few types).
Escher was born in 1898, so he would be about 22 years old in this woodcut. Two years later (1922) he was at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The intricate decorative designs (which were based on mathematical formulas and feature interlocking repetitive patterns) sculpted into the stone walls and ceilings were the defining influence for his later works.
NOTE: There are 469 M.C. Escher artwork pieces in chronological order at WikiPaintings.