Paul Jacoulet – Bergers des Hautes Montagnes


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Jacoulet, Paul


(B) Fine Condition




First Edition, Numbered




Self published


Dai Oban (13.75"x18.25")


Landscape, People

Two young shepherds pausing to rest. The cold climate of the mountains is well indicated by such details as the woolen sweater-sleeve visible under the jacket and vest.

The Woodblock Print

This print measures approximately 11.5″ x 15.5″ on a large piece of paper making it roughly a dai-oban. The print is numbered 128/350 on the verso. The print is in good to very good condition, with minor flaws. There is some edge discoloration to the image on the top and left edges of the image, as well as some soft wrinkes in the lower right quadrant. The color is still very good, and the margins and verso are clean.

About the Artist

Paul Jacoulet (born in Paris in 1902, died in 1960) is one of a small number of westerners in the mokuhanga / shin-hanga world of the early 20th century. Arriving in Japan with his mother in 1906, with his father working at Tokyo University as a teacher, Paul was fluent in Japanese, French and English. He began painting at 11, worked in the French Embassy in Tokyo as an interpreter, and fell in love with Japanese culture. He began woodblock printmaking in 1934, working with some of the best professional carvers and printers because of the technical requirements of his designs. He self-published, mainly through a subscription-type service, so the number of prints pulled from a block depended on the number of subscriptions that he had (generally small).

Jacoulet used elaborate techniques for the creation of his prints. This included all the known deluxe features like embossing, lacquers, micas or metal pigments, while also experimenting with new techniques like powdered semi-precious stones. For his prints he used special watermarked papers from Kyoto instead of the normal Japanese washi paper.