The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Some lives are measured in years; in others, their essence is distilled
into a single, significant moment. And often, it is not the spectacular but
the mundane that marks the moment. It is not the battle, but the moment between
the battles that brings home the reality. Such is the scene captured by Winslow
Homer (1836-1910) in Home, Sweet Home
(cover ), one of his earliest paintings. Barely
26, he was at the Virginia front with the Army of the Potomac working as an
artist-correspondent for Harper's Weekly. The time
was probably early spring 1863, between the Battles of Fredericksburg and
Chancellorsville, which had been fought on December 13, 1862, and May 1 to
4, 1863, respectively. The painting was first exhibited in New York City in
April 1863 at the National Academy of Design's Thirty-eighth Annual Exhibition.
It was immediately popular.
Southgate MT. Home, Sweet Home. JAMA. 2001;285(20):2549. doi:10.1001/jama.285.20.2549