A simple composition: a girl, her face illuminated by the candle she bears, traverses a path in the glow of a midsummer sunset. Painted by Peter Hurd (1904-1984), Eve of Saint John (cover) represents a theme he explored throughout his career. The deserts, farmland, and inhabitants of New Mexico captured Hurd's heart; he lived and worked on his ranch in San Patricio, New Mexico, for 50 years and produced his own brand of contemporary Realist painting. Hurd, a native of Roswell, just east of San Patricio, had New England heritage—his parents were from Boston—but his spirit overflowed with the essence of the American Southwest.
Torpy JM. Eve of Saint John. JAMA. 2010;304(7):720. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1032