The sized of Frame: 18 7/8" wide x 22 7/8" Long
The sheet size of print: 13 3/4" wide x 17 5/8" long
Artist: Paul Jacoulet(1896-1960)
Title of print: Nuite de Neige, "Coree"("Snowy Night, Korea")
Edition No.: 84/150, verso by Kanji number.
The year made: published June. 1939
The condition of Print: Excellent, no stain, no tear. Fine condition color.
Little masskin tape trace on top rim front.
Signature: Lower left by Paul Jacoulet,
in pencil as well as boat seal of Jaku-Rei.
Carver: Maeda Kentaro, printed on lower right corner.
Printer: Shunosuke Fuji.
This is very rare print by Paul Jacoulet's work before Wolrd Ware II survived. It is the subject of Korean, but one can imagine the scene setting is very local Japanese feeling. There are some edition of 350 on this subject, numbered by roman number, but this print has Kanji number rather than Roman on back. It said, Hayku goju mai, Zeppan(150 pieces, out of print-Zeppan). Hachijyu Yon Go(number 84). It bear very stylistic Jacoulet's pencil signature with boat shape his Jaku-Rei in Kanji seal. This is one of most popular pre-war print. It is use by Gofun for snow and unusually subtle. There is light line from the lantern showin the light source. Remarkable black bacground to show stars. It is wonderful composition and superb wokmenship of Jacoulet. His award winning print. The Jaku-Rei boat seal was used by him only from 1939-1940.
He was born in Paris, but raised and educated in Tokyo. During World War II, he moved to Karuizawa, where he survived in the countryside by growing vegetables and raising poultry. During occupation, at the request of Generan MacArthur, he was recruited by Commandant Charles McDowell to work at the Tokyo Army college. MacArthur would join Greta Cargo, Pope Pius XII and Queen Elizabeth II, as prominent collector of Jacoulet's work. His work period was 1939-1960. He is considered one of the few western artists to have mastered the art of woodblock printing sufficiently to be recognized in Japan. He had a number of exhibits in, many museums including Pacific Asia Museums in Pasadena, the Yokomama Art Museum, the Riccar Museum in Tokyo, and Isla Center for the arts on Guam. There is two complete catalogues of his woodblock prints exist.