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The Cover
July 22/29, 1998

Vineyards at Auvers

JAMA. 1998;280(4):310. doi:10.1001/jama.280.4.310

It was May 1890 and spring again across the northern hemisphere: spring in Europe, in France, and in Auvers-sur-Oise. It was also spring again (though the last) in the wintry life of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Vincent was ecstatic to be in this tiny village not far from Paris and Theo. Here was yet another "new beginning" in his odyssey toward the prize he could not name, but nevertheless knew. Here was promise, hope, security, family, a friend, a doctor—all he needed in order to paint. The spring was tender, fragile, inconstant; beneath the cover of its beauty it was also violent and destructive; the seed had to die before it could blossom.

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