Daniel Brustlein (1904–1996) was an Alsatian-born American artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and author of children's books. He is best known for the cartoons and lid art he contributed to The New Yorker magazine below the pen name "Alain" from the 1930s through the 1950s. The novelist John Updike taking into consideration said his childhood discovery of Brustlein's cartoons helped to alive his want to write for the magazine and one of Brustlein's cartoons has been repeatedly cited for its expert and hilarious self-reference.[note 2] Although they have not normal the same public cheers as his hilarious drawings, his paintings drew strong compliment from influential critics such as Hilton Kramer, who said Brustlein's function had good refinement showing "beautiful control more than the truthful emotion he wants it to convey" and "complete command of color and form handled when a remarkable delicacy and discretion." In October 1960 a painting of Brustlein's appeared upon the cover of ARTnews and his reputation as a "painter's painter" appeared to be firmly time-honored after he was the subject of an article in that magazine four years later.