Portrait of a Girl
Daniel Brustlein (09/11/1904-07/14/1996) was born in the Alsatian town of Mulhouse. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and became a U.S. citizen in 1933. Brustlein was first recognized as an illustrator and later championed as a painter for his dramatic use of color. As an illustrator, he worked for many publications but most famously for The New Yorker where he signed his cartoons "Alain." Brustlein married Janice Biala in 1943. The couple divided their time between Paris and New York, exhibiting extensively in both. At a time when both cities were brimming with artistic fervor, Biala and Brustlein retained a style all their own, using flat formal shapes, the figure, and deep saturated color despite the art world's growing fascination with abstraction.