This is one of the very scarce, desirable prints"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 inside the mat are 15" by 11 1/2" (23" by 19" in black frame). 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, used as a Christmas card, 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 and the mat is affixed down on top of it in the manner common at mid-century. The original blue label of Cohen's Picture Store, Washington, DC, remains on the backing. 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. See the net for much, much more on this highly popular artist and his prints.
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