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San Biagio di Callalta, Italy 1939 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1978

  • Australia from 1949
  • England, Italy 1962-63
  • Japan 1966
  • Brazil, France 1975-77


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1950

  • Europe 1976
  • France 1978

According to des Esseintes. 1976 Description: A set of five prints

Collection Title: Baldessin, George and Tillers, Imants. 'According to des Esseintes'. 1976
Page: collection record
Place made: France
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching and aquatints, printed in black ink, each from one plate Support: paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: 1/30
Edition: edition of 30

Edition Notes: This series was a collaborative work by Baldessin and Tillers. Baldessin produced the upper plate in each print and Tillers the lower plate. The artists worked on a pair of companion plates for the first print in the series when they were both living in Paris. When Tillers moved to Vence, in the south of France, the artists continued to work independently on their plates mailing them to each other. The plates were then printed in Nice. (Ref: Dianne Beevers 'George Baldessin 1939-1978' and 'According to Des Esseintes' in 'Artemis' (Newcastle Region Art Gallery) 1978, pp.3-11) 'The George Baldessin and Imants Tillers collaborative prints, 'According to des Esseintes' 1976, have been documented (in numerous sources) as including photo-etching. Imants said that he didn’t do any photo-etching and just worked in a very meticulous way. Jennifer Slatyer also spoke with Tess (George Baldessin’s widow) who said they had always assumed that Imants was the one doing the photo-etching. According to Imants and Tess it should definitely be: etching and aquatint." (Ref: email from Deborah Hart 18/5/06 file 98/0334 and 96/0269)
Primary Insc: Signed lower right below plate-mark in black pencil, 'George Baldessin'. Signed and dated lower right below plate-mark in black pencil, 'Imants Tillower right 1976'. Inscribed lower left below plate-mark in black pencil, '1/30'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: plate-mark (a) 18.0 h x 25.7 w cm plate-mark (b) 18.0 h x 25.8 w cm sheet 64.6 h x 51.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.407.1-5
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Rudy Komon Art Gallery, Sydney, 1977.