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Two 1942 prints by Paul Jacoulet

JacouletLaConfidenteFrontjpgBlogThis a bit off my usual topics, but I’m currently auctioning these two beautiful Japanese woodblock prints on eBay for my mom.

Paul Jacoulet was born in Paris either in 1896 or 1902 (sources vary). He moved to Japan with his parents at age 4, his father was a teacher at the Tokyo University. Young Paul was often in poor health, but developed skills in drawing, music and languages, he spoke Japanese, French and English fluently. He began painting at age 11. Jacoulet took many subjects for his prints from trips to the South Sea, Korea and Manchuria beginning in 1929, making sketches and taking photographs. He created his first woodblock print in 1934, working with professional Japanese carvers and printers. His technical requirements were very high, and he would only work with the best. Jacoulet published most of his prints himself, sold in a subscription scheme, so the amount of copies of each print was small. For his prints he used special watermarked papers from Kyoto. He used very elaborate techniques, including embossing, lacquers, micas, metal pigments, and experimented with new techniques like powdered semi-precious gems. For some prints he said he used as many as 300 color blocks, but Jacoulet had a reputation for exaggeration. One of his assistants later remembered they used up to 60 blocks, still a lot. One site says he made a total of 166 designs, another lists 178, so there’s some dispute on that. After the war his work became famous worldwide. Among his admirers was American General Douglas MacArthur, in charge of the U.S. occupation of Japan. Jacoulet continued to produce prints in Japan until his death in 1960.

JacouletLaudienceFrontBlogThese Jacoulet prints are two of five made in 1942 known as the “Bat” or “Manchurian Princesses” series, the only ones produced during World War Two. The titles are “La Confidente” and “Avant L’Audience.” Each is signed in pencil and stamped in red with the “bat” stamp, both are numbered on the back in red, “No. 143/150.”

My mom received them from her Aunt Olive Baker about ten years ago. The prints were given to Olive and Leland Baker by Mrs. Pat (Nancy) Echols in 1976. Colonel Marion Patton Echols and his wife Nancy were stationed in Japan during the occupation of Japan following World War Two. Colonel Echols was General MacArthur’s public relations officer at that time. (A memorial biography of Colonel Echols can be found on the West Point Academy website.) Aunt Olive told my mother that Nancy Echols tutored the children of Emperor Hirohito and was given these prints as a gift from the emperor’s family. We have no documents to corroborate that. I believe the prints were unframed when given to the Bakers, as they had them framed in Virginia in 1979.

If you’re interested in having a look at the auctions, where much larger images can be seen, the links are below. I enjoyed researching these beautiful works of art.

Paul Jacoulet: La Confidente

Paul Jacoulet: Avant L’Audience

It’s a Print…it’s a Game…it’s GO FREELANCE!

GFBuyPagePerhaps the most fun I’ve had making prints to sell was this one with charming and hilarious big-head art by Shawn McManus. I got to skewer the comics industry in many subtle ways, and yet it still works as a game, too, if a very hard one to win. One of the prints on sale through Friday on my WEBSITE, act soon if you want up to 50% off!

Still on sale: JOYRIDE by Gene Ha!

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The Neil Gaiman print is sold out, but another in my Holiday Sale is this one by the fabulous Gene Ha. He helped me tell a new story about a favorite Greek myth, Pegasus the winged horse. I’ve received so many sale orders I’ve run out of mailing tubes, but I’ll get more in a few days. The sale runs through Friday.

ALAN MOORE & NEIL GAIMAN PRINTS IN HOLIDAY SALE!

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Alan Moore on the magic and power of alphabets and language, an exclusive new work, each hand-signed by Alan, is one of many prints in my Holiday Sale.

BYRT2ndBlogA chilling poem by Neil Gaiman, again each copy hand-signed by Neil, is another. Do you have them in your collection? Order these and other prints in collaboration with Alex Ross, J.H. Williams III, Mark Buckingham, Bill Willingham, Shawn McManus, Steve Rude, Dave Gibbons and Gene Ha by emailing me. The sale runs through Dec. 4th. Follow the instructions on the BUY STUFF page of my website. Offered at up to 50% off for the first time ever, they make great gifts!

ADDED: I believe the Neil Gaiman print is now sold out. I will know for sure this evening when I make up all the new orders I received in the last 12 hours.