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The Cover
August 18, 2010

Eve of Saint John

JAMA. 2010;304(7):720. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1032

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.

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