Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction

Jacoulet, Paul - colored woodblock print, good

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Estimated price: $100 - $200

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An original colored woodblock print by Paul Jacoulet (b. 1896-1960), titled "Chagrin d’Amour Kusaie est Carolines", circa 1940, measures 6" x 4" and is in good condition. Some of the image appears to be under the mat.

Paul Jacoulet is best known for his striking portraits of the natives of Asia and the South Seas. He designed over 160 woodblock* prints and oversaw their production in his workshop. Following in the collaborative tradition of ukiyo-e* printmaking, Jacoulet recruited talented carvers and printers who could duplicate the delicate lines of his drawings and watercolors. The exquisite quality of Jacoulet’s prints was due in great part to his exacting standards, and his use of costly materials like mica, crushed pearl and powdered metals. Around 1931, Jacoulet began to work with Shizuya Fujikake learning the craft of woodblock printmaking. In 1933, he established the Jacoulet Institute of Prints, and by the next year, he began publishing his own designs. With the exception of Jacoulet’s 1934 Rainbow Series published by the Kato Institute, all of his prints were self-published. Jacoulet remained in Japan through World War II and continued to produce prints up until the time of his death in 1960. Although many of his prints were sold by subscription, he also sold a number of prints to American military officers stationed in Japan.

Condition: good