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The Cover
July 25, 2001

View From Vaekero Near Christiania

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(4):388. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.388

If, as is often said, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, then John Constable, if one is to judge by his landscape studies, found it primarily in clouds. Ruskin preferred mountains; Turner tucked tiny valleys between the vast peaks, while the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich added solitary figures atop the peaks. The Dutch, on the other hand, liked the sea, and to them the best landscape was a seascape. Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857), a Romantic like his friend Friedrich and often called "the father of Norwegian painting," liked them all, water, mountains, clouds, solitary figures; most of all he liked the fjords and moonlight of his native Norway. View From Vaekero Near Christiania (cover ) is characteristic Dahl.

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