The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Like Vermeer and Chardin before him, Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) painted
domestic interiors, but he gave them an Impressionist fillip: Vuillard is
Vermeer seen through a Monet lens. Proustian in their remembered detail, the
paintings are redolent of madeleines and overheard conversations. Vuillard's
style was called, appropriately enough, intimisme.
It is a whispered intimacy: did we actually hear what we thought we heard?
Or is it our imagination working overtime? Did we perhaps hear nothing beyond
a few wayward sibilants? Or have we unwittingly trespassed on someone's privacy?
Is it wrong to try to hear more? Dare we violate another's secrets? Their
soul? Only the virtuous or the dead can walk away from such a temptation.
Southgate MT. Still Life, Hydrangeas. JAMA. 2001;285(6):699. doi:10.1001/jama.285.6.699