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Paul Jacoulet Wall Art

Paul Jacoulet (1896–1960) was a French, Japan-based woodblock print artist known for a style that mixed the traditional ukiyo-e style and techniques developed by the artist himself. Jacoulet was born in Paris in 1896 and lived in Japan for most of his life. During World War II, he moved to Karuizawa, where he survived in the countryside by growing vegetables and raising poultry. During the occupation, at the request of General Douglas MacArthur, he was recruited by Commandant Charles McDowell to work at the Tokyo Army College. MacArthur would join Greta Garbo, Pope Pius XII and Queen Elizabeth II, as a prominent collector of Jacoulet's work. Jacoulet prints are rare and often sell in the $5,000 to $20,000 range. The Parisian Lady, a print from 1934, sold for $25,000 at auction. Paul Jacoulet's creative period was 1939-1960. Jacoulet is considered one of the few western artists to have mastered the art of woodblock printing sufficiently to be recognized in Japan. His works are almost all of people, either portraits or full body images capturing some background details. He has had a number of exhibits in the years since his death including two at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena (1983 and 1990), the Yokohama Art Museum (1996 and 2003), the Riccar Museum in Tokyo (1982), and the Isla Center for the Arts on Guam (1992 and 2006). He also achieved some recognition in his lifetime including an exhibit sponsored by the US Fifth Air Force (in 1946 according to Time Magazine). Two complete catalogues of his woodblock prints exist (one in English and one in Japanese with some English) as well as exhibition books and posters from all his exhibits. The earliest book about him was written during his lifetime (Wells, 1957) and includes the original desperation prices for which he sold his work at that time. Many prints are very rare because all Jacoulet’s pre-World War II work that had not already been taken out of the country by collectors was destroyed by fire. Jacoulet was a true renaissance man –French but born and raised in Japan, expert in Kabuki, proficient on traditional Japanese musical instruments, a good calligrapher, conversant in several languages, and a recognized butterfly collector. Growing up in Tokyo he was the next door neighbor of ukiyo-e authority Yone Noguchi; he was taught English by Noguchi's American wife, Leonie Gilmour, and befriended their son, the young Isamu Noguchi. Jacoulet’s father was an ambassador so Paul was widely traveled and was doted upon by his mother. She supported his artistic endeavors all her life. She believed that if French Polynesia was good for Paul Gauguin, then Jacoulet must go there too. She sent him away many winters from Japan to various islands in Micronesia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Although his most valued works are from this part of the world, he also has a substantial number of prints with subjects from China, Korea, all areas of Japan, and Mongolia. Just one print depicts an American. Jacoulet's works are also interesting to anthropologists. First because his subject matter was indigenous people in their traditional dress. In 1939 traditional people were the norm in his travels. Today his work is often used as a basis for reconstructing, for example, what Ainu traditional dress looked like by the Ainu themselves in their quest to reconnect with their cultural roots. Second, some of the subjects who posed for Jacoulet are still alive and they are currently being interviewed by a professor in Guam (Donald Rubinstein) to learn more about his artistic process.

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Quiet Truck Print by Paul Jacoulet

Quiet Truck

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Memories Of Yesteryear. Japan Print by Paul Jacoulet

Memories of yesteryear. Japan

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Dances Of Okesa. Sado, Japan Print by Paul Jacoulet

Dances of Okesa. Sado, Japan

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Princely Game. Mongolian Print by Paul Jacoulet

Princely game. Mongolian

Paul Jacoulet

$22

The Banished. South Korea Print by Paul Jacoulet

The Banished. South Korea

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Les Graines De Camelia. Oshima, Izu Print by Paul Jacoulet

Les Graines De Camelia. Oshima, Izu

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Hong Kong Print by Paul Jacoulet

Hong Kong

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Le Chant De Fileuses. Mongolie Print by Paul Jacoulet

Le Chant De Fileuses. Mongolie

Paul Jacoulet

$22

The Black Lotus. China Print by Paul Jacoulet

The Black Lotus. China

Paul Jacoulet

$22

In The Isle Of Tinian. Marianes Print by Paul Jacoulet

In the isle of Tinian. Marianes

Paul Jacoulet

$22

The Tragedian. Mandchoukuo Print by Paul Jacoulet

The Tragedian. Mandchoukuo

Paul Jacoulet

$22

La Jug, Mongolia Print by Paul Jacoulet

La Jug, Mongolia

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Chinese Beauty Print by Paul Jacoulet

Chinese Beauty

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Beautiful De Yap And Orchids. West Carolinas Print by Paul Jacoulet

Beautiful De Yap And Orchids. West Carolinas

Paul Jacoulet

$22

The Paradises. Menado, Celebes Print by Paul Jacoulet

The Paradises. Menado, Celebes

Paul Jacoulet

$22

Une Parisienne Print by Paul Jacoulet

Une Parisienne

Paul Jacoulet

$22

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