Paul Jacoulet, Apres la Danse, Celebes


Artist: Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960)
Title: Apres la Danse. "Celebes"
Date: 1940
Size: 36.5 x 47.1 cm

Original woodblock print.

paul jacoulet, Apres la Danse. "Celebes", french artist
paul jacoulet, Apres la Danse. "Celebes", french artist paul jacoulet, Apres la Danse. "Celebes", french artist

Paul Jacoulet was a French, Japan-based woodblock print artist known for a style that mixed the traditional ukiyo-e style and techniques developed by the artist himself. Jacoulet is considered one of the few western artists to have mastered the art of woodblock printing sufficiently to be recognised in Japan. His works are almost all of people, either portraits or full body images capturing some background details.

The artist travelled extensively to various islands in Micronesia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Although his most valued works are from this part of the world, he also has a substantial number of prints with subjects from China, Korea, all areas of Japan, and Mongolia.

Paul Jacoulet

Paul Jacoulet was a Parisian-born woodblock print artist that based himself in Japan for most of his life. He combined traditional ukiyo-e style and his own techniques to create the unique style Jacoulet is known for. He is considered one of the few Western artists recognised in Japan to have mastered the art of woodblock printing. His work is almost exclusively portraiture centred around indigenous peoples and their traditional dress. This made his work not only artistically but also anthropologically interesting.


In his personal life, Jacoulet was an eccentric gay man at a time when it was not acceptable to be so. His flamboyance is reflected in his works, as well as his cosmopolitan, well-travelled lifestyle. He shamelessly promoted himself, sending his work to famous people of all varieties.

More Information
Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Jacoulet
SubjectBeauty & Female, Others
Dimensions36.5 x 47.1 cm
Condition ReportFolds and creases, spots, paper slightly browned, tape residue on the back, pinholes left margin.
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