Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960)  
  Title: Beauté Japonaise moderne. Kobé.  
  Size: 39.3 x 30.2 cm (dai ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Jacoulet Beaute Japonaise moderne Kobe


Special effects: bokashi (i.e., colour gradation) on coat and pillows; subtle grain impression of all colour woodblocks except for those applied to the woman’s face and chest.

Published: 2 September 1935.

Red seal with number 37 in kanji (三十七) and 37/150 in black pencil on verso of the print:

Jacoulet Beaute Japonaise moderne Kobe Numbered Seal

Watermark of PJ in roman letters and kanji in bottom left margin.

Paul Jacoulet signature in black pencil and red Mandarin Duck seal in bottom right of the print.

Name of the carver in lower left margin:

Character Translation

Print title in right bottom margin: Beauté Japonaise moderne. Kobé

On this print Richard Miles (1982) comments: ‘Not until Le Banni in 1957 did Jacoulet again use the pale colours that suggest uncertainty and vulnerability to this extent. The vivid lips resulted from experiments with colors pressed from berries and flowers. More than most Jacoulets, this rare print is vulnerable to ultra-violet light. Although this Beauté was not popular in her day, she is now among the half-dozen most appreciated works. The stripes on the pillows should be the rosiest of orange, and were laid on by hand.’


Provenance: An auction held in April 2013 by the Floating World gallery

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