Although born in Paris, Paul Jacoulet (1902-1960) was brought to Tokyo at a young age when his father took a position tutoring young Japanese aristocrats. Essentially spending his entire life in Japan, Jacoulet early displayed an artistic temperament while he acquired the traditions of his adopted country. His woodblock prints, a marriage of the skilled mastery of ukiyo-e techniques combined with the view of an occidental eye, are unique and instantly recognizable. Almost exclusively portraits, they have become eagerly collected in recent years. This relatively rare print (fewer than 140 impressions made), entitled "Pelerinages d'Automne. Isle de Sato, Japon," depicts a burdened pilgrim traversing Sado Island, an ancient place of banishment. Carved by Maeda and printed on July 5, 1952 by Onodera, it is pencil signed by Jacoulet next to an ivy leaf seal LR (No. 120 in "The Prints of Paul Jacoulet" by Richard Miles, Hillington Press, 1982). It is attractively matted and framed (outside dimensions are 21" x 17").
Detail and signature LR: