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The Cover
June 2, 1999

Girl in White

JAMA. 1999;281(21):1969. doi:10.1001/jama.281.21.1969

Perhaps he saw them as a symbol, a promise of the birth that follows the dying of the seed, the new beginning he had come north to find after the long winter of his illness; perhaps he saw them as a sign of nature's fecundity, she as profligate with her bounty as he was prodigal with his talent; or perhaps he only saw them as blades of color rippling in the breeze, challenging him to streak their many varieties of green across the canvas as truthfully as possible. Whatever he saw, however he saw them, the wheatfields of Auvers-sur-Oise fascinated Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and continued to do so for the remaining few weeks of his life in the spring and summer of 1890. They fill his letters, and they fill his canvases.

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