William Tillyer À Rebours. Balsam of Mecca



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.

Balsam of Mecca

Soft ground etching with aquatint on zinc plate and collage on Arches paper

Paper size: 66 x 50.7 cms (26 x 20 ins) Plate size: 24.6 x 19.6 cms (9 5/8 x 7 3/4 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

Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Founded in 1969, with superb new premises situated in the heart of Mayfair, the gallery has held major exhibitions of Henri Matisse and Sam Francis as well as Robert Motherwell.

Bernard Jacobson Gallery has a strong presence at major international art fairs, having participated at The Armory Show, New York; Expo Chicago; Frieze Masters, London; and regularly taking part in the prestigious Art Basel fairs in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach.


Paper size: 66 x 50.7 cms (26 x 20 ins) Plate size: 24.6 x 19.6 cms (9 5/8 x 7 3/4 ins)


Soft ground etching with aquatint on zinc plate and collage on Arches paper


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