Jacoulet, Paul (1896 - 1960), "The Confidant (Limited Edition)"
|Title||The Confidant (Limited Edition)|
|Medium||Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||"Bat" Series - The Manchurian Princesses|
|Edition||First and only; #50/150|
|Publisher||The Artist - Privately Published|
|Reference No||Miles #84|
|Size||18 -1/2 x 14 "|
|Condition||Very fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: 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