This colorful children’s art book is about an artist who mostly loved black and white. From ink black ink to snow white paper. His name was Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita (1868-1944), a terribly long name for such a short man. He lived more than hundred years ago and liked to go to the Amsterdam zoo of Artis as often as he could. Because of studies he drew there he became the brightest animal illustrator of the Netherlands, Master of Artis.
The book is part of a series of children’s art books in which also were published: Bianca Stigter, Mondriaans Alfabet; Saskia de Bodt, Mesdag en zijn vrienden; Midas Dekkers, Wat is een kat?; Bruno Ernst, Escher. Tovenaar op papier; Frank Groothof, Vincent & Theo; Broeders in de kunst; Jan Wolkers, De spiegel van Rembrandt; Toon Hermans, Jezus is jarig; Paul van Loon, De Andere Werkelijkheid van Jeroen Bosch; Wim Pijbes, Het kleine schilderboek; Philip Freriks, De schilders van Parijs; Gerrit Komrij, De snor van Dali.