This is one of the very scarce, desirable prints titled in lower right margin "Le Nid--Coree" ("The Nest--Korea") by the important French-Japanese printmaker artist PAUL JACOULET (1902-1960). In December 1941, as war exploded upon the world, the image was created by the artist as a gift for his mother, who never got to actually see it. The edition in this size/coloration is said to have been 350 examples. This particular image of a bearded old Korean man in traditional clothing tenderly feeding a dragon fly to hungry baby birds in their nest is timeless and enduringly popular, and the print is highly sought after by collectors. Measurements are 17 1/2" by 13 1/2". Examples are offered online at $2,700 and even $3,000 for a rare variant (edition of 150) which has less intense coloration. Do not confuse with a much smaller size later reprint, which is offered at much lower prices. Note the silver mica background, one of the revolutionary techniques for which Jacoulet is revered among print collectors. The present example was laid down on a board long ago. It was found, in Florida, with no glass. Apparently, I am surmising, the breaking of the glass caused the superficial sharp cuts in the paper in the leaf at right, some faint rambling pressure lines in center to the right of the cheek, and paper fiber disruption in the area of the sparrow mark. There are a few darker possibly mildewy spots also, in that right center leaf, and slight mat burn. See the close up images of these flawed areas. Jacoulet was born in Paris but lived in Japan most of his life, creating prints in the ukiyo-e tradition. He is one of the very few western artists who mastered woodblock sufficiently well to have become recognized in Japan. The likes of General MacArthur, Greta Garbo, Pope Pius XII and Queen Elizabeth II were/are all said to be avid collectors of Jacoulet's works. The artist was an ardent self-promoter, and a flamboyant gay man who was denied official entry into the United States because of his sexual orientation. A period thin strip frame in which this was found is available with the print at no extra cost (see final photo, which shows as found including the original crumbling mat). See the net for much, much more on this highly popular artist and his prints.
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