À Rebours is a fascinating exhibition of work by the British Artist William Tillyer shown recently at Bernard Jacobson Gallery. His work redefines and reinterprets classic subject matter, like landscapes, still life and portraits, in methods that challenge historical traditions and vary between bodies of work. The artist has long been inspired by 19th Century French author Joris-Karl Huysman’s seminal work from which the exhibition takes its name À Rebours, meaning ‘against nature’ or ‘against the grain’. A new and exciting translation by acclaimed author and translator Theo Cuffe is illustrated by Tillyer.
It seemed to him an undeniable fact that anyone who dreams of the ideal prefers illusion to reality.
Soft ground etching with intaglio and relief printing on Arches paper
Paper size: 66 x 50.7 cms (26 x 20 ins) Image size: 28.3 x 30.3 cms (11 1/8 x 12 ins)
1974/2018 Set of 52 images in edition of 25
Signed in pencil lower right, numbered lower left. Studio stamp lower right margin.
Printed by Clifton Editions Published by Bernard Jacobson