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Paul Jacoulet is renowned for his stunningly intricate designs, his eloquently romantic subjects and his complex printing techniques. In Jacoulet’s best work, images of the most extravagantly aristocratic exoticism stand beside spare studies of the very poor. This balance of sentiment and objectivity, spiced by imagination, is the life work of an eccentric and passionate artist who was influenced by both the East and West, yet stands firmly and defiantly outside of both traditions.
Jacoulet's surimono editions were released both as reduced versions of his larger works and as original compositions. Each one was printed with the same number of blocks as the larger counterparts. They were issued during the Christmas season and Jacoulet used the proceeds to buy houses for his printers and carvers.Surimono