Jacoulet, Paul (1896 - 1960), "Lady in Red (Limited Edition)"
|Title||Lady in Red (Limited Edition)|
|Medium||Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||United States|
|Edition||First and only; #69/100|
|Publisher||Junji (Junzo) Kato; "Hanmoto Kato Junji", stamped|
|Reference No||Miles #20|
|Size||17 -1/4 x 11 "|
|Condition||Very fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: Near mint; one of the best extant examples. First and only edition: #69/100 (stamped on verso). Carver: Maeda. Printers: Honda and Uchikawa. Superb colors, with fine gradations on the cheeks and red-purple shadows on the face and neck. Red tint at the inner corner of the eyes is still present. Crisp embossing of intricate patterns on the white collar. Gauze patterns are printed on the lilac background.
"Lady in Red" - Japanese title is "Akai Fuku" (Red Dress). A Westerner in 1910s-1930s-style costume and coiffure. Through long eyelashes, the alluring beauty's penetratingly dark eyes stare inquisitively at the viewer. She and the enigmatic "Parisienne" have been two of the most sought-after prints by Jacoulet and in the Shin Hanga genre. One of only seven designs completed by the publisher Junji Kato. Jacoulet did not supervise the impressions directly and this accounts in part for the similarity several show to the more popular Shinsui and Goyo. - Miles pg. 93
Provenance: Captain Centner was an American Navy pilot who befriended Paul Jacoulet while stationed in Japan after World War II. He was fascinated by the exquisite, high artistic standard of Jacoulet's prints, and he purchased almost all of Jacoulet's artworks directly from the artist. The artist and the collector corresponded with each other until Jacoulet's death in 1960, and their letters now reside in the collection of the Musee du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, in France.