Artist of the moment……Paul Jacoulet

Paul Jacoulet was a French born artist renown for his work with the Ukiyo-e style of Japanese printmaking, in addition he added some western design themes and ideas. Paul Jacoulet was born in the year 1896 in Paris, France. Jacoulet enjoyed working with the female figure. Jacoulet grew up in Japan. His father was an ambassador and he was always supported in his artistic goals by his mother.

His mother even helped the artist to visit French Polynesia after seeing the works of the great painter Paul Gauguin.

As a child his next door neighbor  Yone Noguchi, was a well respected poet and art critic who knew all the important Ukiyo-e artists. It was the wife of Noguchi who taught him english. Yone Noguchi had a son who went on to become a world renown sculptor.

Jacoulet was an openly gay man and was denied entry into the United States because of this. He still entered the country and did so at Niagara Falls.

The artist is one of few non Japanese woodblock print masters to come from a European country.

Price range information: Most prints range from $5,000 to $25,000, but due to rarity if they are seen at auction prices can sky rocket quickly.

In this clip we view some photographs of the artist and some works. The artwork begins at one minute into the clip, should you wish to skip the photographs:

Paul Jacoulet passed away in 1960.

Jacoulet’s prints are rare as many were destroyed by fire. His early works that feature people in their regional dress are highly sought after. Some collectors of the artist during his lifetime were the actress Greta Garbo, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, and Queen Elizabeth of England.


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