Paul Jacoulet was born in Paris in 1896, and raised in Tokyo from the age of four. His father was hired by the Japanese government to teach French to young aristocrats, and young Paul grew fluent in Japanese, Japanese social customs, and studied a wide range of traditional art forms.
Jacoulet's woodblock prints are a combination of traditional ukiyo-e printmaking and techniques invented by Jacoulet. He became famous for his perfectionist standards. A Jacoulet woodblock print can be the result of up to 60 different woodblocks. Jacoulet's printmaking techniques included using costly materials like mica, crushed pearl and powdered metals. A Jacoulet print can be the result of up to 60 different blocks. Interestingly, Paul Jacoulet credited his carvers and printers by including their names in the prints' margins, a practice not followed by any other shin hanga publisher.
Paul Jacoulet lived in Japan throughout World War II, and died in 1960.