Jacoulet, Paul (1896 - 1960), "The Bowl of Red Fish"
|Title||The Bowl of Red Fish|
|Medium||Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Bat Series|
|Edition||#16/150 - First and only.|
|Reference No||Miles #81|
|Size||18 -1/2 x 14 "|
|Condition||Very fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: The green screen held in front of the woman, in watching is entirely hand engraved minutely to give the effect of true Chinese gauze.
Special Series of Chinese Women: The Bat Series 1942. Jacoulet wrote: 'This series was started from drawings done from Jacoulet's sketch book during his voyages. His goal was to show and give the illusion in this series of embroideries and other things supercharged with the art of China. Jacoulet believed he had used innumerable small details and enormous amounts of colors, that were never done in woodblock engraving. The paper used was specially made for his works in Fukui prefecture. The shop that made paper for him is the only one still active in the country that sticks to the ancient and secret traditions. Per Jacoulet's notes, only 120 examples were numbered and signed by hand.' - Miles; pgs. 63-64.
These prints make up the "Bat" Series, sometimes called the Manchurian princesses. They proved enduringly popular and expensive at $500 per set (1955). Bat, or Komori, was a symbol of good luck. -Miles; pg. 108