Self Portrait, 1942 Self Portrait, 1942

Born in Paris in 1896, Jacoulet moved to Karuizawa located in the mountains near Nagano, Japan, during World War II. His style is best known for mixing the traditional ukiyo-e style with techniques he developed himself.

Jacoulet was a real renaissance man, one of the very few western artists to have mastered the art of woodblock printing and recognised by Japan as a true woodblock artist.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 14.37.20 Paul Jacoulet, Woodblock Print : Joaquin et sa Mere au sermon du Pere Limited Edition 95 / 250 Woodblock Print Series

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 14.37.37 Paul Jacoulet, Woodblock Print : Les Enfants aux Yeau Jaunes 1940 Limited Edition 169 / 350 Woodblock Print Ohlol, East Carolines

In order to gain a global reputation as an artist, Jacoulet would send prints to the rich and famous, including the second wife of U.S. Army General of the Army Douglas, Jean MacArthur, who displayed his work at General MacArthur's Tokyo headquarters and later the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 14.37.52 Paul Jacoulet, Woodblock Print : Retour d'un Banquet, Coree Seoul 1951 Limited Edition 147 & 103 / 350 250 impressions printed Woodblock Print Carver Maeda, Printer Onodera 'Korea Series'

All of Jacoulet's pre-World War II pieces are incredibly rare as they were either taken out of Japan by collectors or destroyed by the savages of war. In recent years, Jacoulet prints have reached in excess of £11 000 at auction. Check out all realised prices for Paul Jacoulet here.

A flamboyant character, Jacoulet was skilled at Japanese musical instruments, a calligrapher, linguist and a butterfly collector. He was openly homosexual during a time that his sexual orientation was not accepted by society. Towards the end of his life, the artist was banned from travelling the the U.S. due to his sexual orientation. A true testament to his character, he dressed up in a white suit with a silver cane and walked into America via Niagara Falls.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 14.38.05 Paul Jacoulet, Woodblock Print : Les Paradisiers, Menado, Celebes Paul Jacoulet Limited Edition 40 / 350 Woodblock Print Series : 'Pacific Islands Series'

Nicholas Wells, an online antique furniture dealer based in London features an outstanding selection of Paul Jacoulet prints in their current collection as well as furniture, clocks, silver, Oriental works of art, sculpture, carpets, Oceanic and Tribal pieces, arms and armour. Nicholas Wells is currently at London Olympia Art & Antiques fair until 3rd July and will be exhibiting at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair Battersea 27 September - 2 October 2016.

Check out Nicholas Wells on Barnebys here.