Spring is still very shy so I keep trying to take you on a journey without leaving home (too much). This week, we’re talking about the first retrospective show in France of Paul Jacoulet’s work at the Quai Branly museum.
Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960) was the most Japanese of French people. He arrived in Japan at the age of three, he then spent most of his life there and also traveled to Korea, China and Micronesia. His talent formed at an early age and he became one of the 20th century’s greatest woodblock printers, in the purest tradition of the Japanese print.
In the manner of an artist-ethnographer, he highlighted the traditional female adornments and tattoos of Micronesia, costumes and head adornments of his Korean models, kimono details of Japanese women. We often think of Gauguin’s influence when we look at his floral universe, indolent and exotic from his island travels.
His art expresses a quiet sensuality, lines are fine and delicate, and color harmonies in a gentle pastel are very inspiring. A great discovery I invite you to see, to be transported into a floating world of poetry!
The floating universe of Paul Jacoulet, Musée du Quai Branly, until May 19, 2013.