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The Cover
April 1, 1998

Circus Rider

JAMA. 1998;279(13):976. doi:10.1001/jama.279.13.976

He is a black knight on a black horse and he prances in a circus arena turned topsy-turvy by the crazy perspective of his century—a century not even a quarter gone and already its artists and other young people were being sacrificed to one war and another would follow almost on its heels, not even 20 years between them. What the first generation did not fall victim to, the next did. Some, like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), were the victims of both. But at the moment, Kirchner was concerned not with the future, but with the present, not with war, but with the exciting life of Berlin in the early teens of the century. This expressionist painter and founding member of Die Brücke (JAMA cover, April 6, 1994) was at the height of his powers; since 1911 he had been in Berlin putting some of his principles into practice.