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JANE BRESKIN ZALBEN. "Janson had a bad feeling." Illustration for Mousterpiece: A Mouse-Sized Guide to Modern Art by Zalben, (New York: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press, 2012, page 26). Mixed media, including watercolor, pen, and ink on Bristol board paper mounted to board. 175x152 mm; 7x6 inches, on 13 1/2x9 3/4-inch sheet. Signed "Jane Breskin Zalben" in lower right margin. Archivally taped to matte. Accompanied by a first edition of the book signed by Zalben.
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 to 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.