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The Cover
June 24, 1998


JAMA. 1998;279(24):1930. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.1930

Contrary to what was then the conventional wisdom, the purpose of art, Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) told a Paris journalist, is not literary, but decorative. Its mission is not to tell a story, but to convey a "pleasant optical sensation." Yet who can look at Miller's Reverie (cover ) and not see a thousand—and one—stories begging to be told? On the other hand, neither has Miller violated his principle: Reverie does indeed convey a pleasant optical sensation.

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