“With great artistic certainty, a sense of the importance of colors and balanced structure, Jan Balet shows eccentricity and amusing things, weaknesses and loveable things, fairy tale-like and evil…”
Dusseldorfer Wochenspiegel, October 16, 1969
The consummate artist, Jan Balet always sought new avenues for creative expression. Fascinated by the lithographs of Toulouse-Lautrec, Jan learned the painstaking process of painting on stone, one color layer at a time. This work challenged him and brought him a much wider audience for his art. From this point on, his exhibitions included paintings and lithographs with similar subject matter, paying off with success and recognition.
Unlike many of his fellow artists who hired experts to produce their lithographs, Jan produced his own, regularly traveling nearly nine hours by car from his home in France, to the studio in Switzerland. The trip became a burden that eventually compelled him to move to Estavayer-le-lac, Switzerland to continue his work.