Three unusual antique woodblock prints of Ladies in Kimono in the style of Paul Jacoulet, a famous Frenchman who produced the original triptych in 1935 entitled “La Geisha Kiyoka.” Each is signed, while also displaying its artists seal, and each portrays a Japanese woman at her leisure. One is playing the drum, a second is playing a game, while the third is huddling beneath a blanket under which an hibachi is burning in order to create warmth.
The Woodblocks are typical of the “Beni-ye,” a print in which “Beni” or pink predominates. It is a very subtle coloration and indicates the skill of the artist. The artist’s design was transferred to the rough, hand made paper through the use of individual blocks of wood which were cut for each color in addition to the outline or key block. Once the blocks were cut, they were passed on to the printer whose skill the original artist relied upon to produce more than one picture in perfect synchronization. This was especially important as a single complete print was not printed off at a time, but all the required number were taken off each block in succession. This was the fullest expression of Hand Work at its very finest, both artistically and technically.
They are so different from western art that they compel attention and draw the eye to the beauty of traditional Japan. Antique Japanese woodblocks are highly collectible, while these date to the early twentieth century. They have been set in a reverse bevel cut mat chosen to highlight the “Beni” of the woodblocks themselves. They are protected by non glare, 97% UV glass within a gold delicately carved wood frame. These extraordinary woodblocks have been mounted in conformance with the highest standards in order to ensure a damage free environment for its future protection.
(light appearance for all 3 woodblocks is the same as at the top of the photo…the bottom is darker only because it is shaded in the photo)
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
TTAC will personally pack and ship via UPS at company expense within the continental United States.