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The Cover
May 19, 1999

Boy on the Rocks

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1775. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1775

Gertrude Stein saw him as "a little small colourless Frenchman . . ." much as one saw everywhere in France, but Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) saw himself in a quite different light. This son of a tinker from the crenelated town of Laval was a painter. Moreover, he was not just any painter, but the greatest of his time, not only equal to but even slightly superior to Picasso, as he himself informed Picasso during a party at the latter's Bateau Lavoir studio. If Rousseau felt no sense of disproportion in the comparison, neither apparently did Picasso feel any sense of competition.

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