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JANE BRESKIN ZALBEN. "Janson Lived in a Museum, Tucked into the Corner of a Room Filled with Beautiful Old Furniture." Illustration published in "Mousterpiece: A Mouse-Sized Guide to Modern Art, page 7, (New York: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press, 2012). Watercolor, pen, and ink on paper. 183x183 mm; 7 1/4x7 1/4 inches, on 12x9-inch paper. Signed in pencil, lower right margin. Taped to matte. Accompanied by a first edition of the book.
Zalben's book "Mousterpiece" was a runaway hit, especially at museums where art programs for children regularly use the story of a small mouse named Janson (after art historian H. W. Janson) to introduce them the modern masters. Janson lives in a museum and learns to paint in the style of Albers, Rousseau, Warhol, Picasso and others until she creates her own original work, her "mousterpiece," and thus "arriving" as an artist. The book was listed on The Horn Book's "Calling Caldecott" list among other accolades.
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