Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
“With Balet, the world appears as a tranquil picture book full of magic, poetry, and quiet satire.”
Hanns Theodor Flemming, Die Welt Hamburg, March 3, 1971
Jan’s foray into commercial art in the U.S. began with his work painting Alpine-inspired designs on furniture. However, once he began illustrating for major companies, such as CBS and Lees Carpets, as well as for prominent magazines, the likes of Vogue, Mademoiselle, Good Housekeeping, and Saturday Evening Post, the graphic arts became his realm. He later became artistic director for various magazines
Balet’s print ads and magazine images from the 1940s and 50s became iconic – a combination of his light-hearted spirit and unique style.