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The Cover
December 5, 2001


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

JAMA. 2001;286(21):2639. doi:10.1001/jama.286.21.2639

Though he is often identified as such, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was never, strictly speaking, an Impressionist. Most often the identification is based on the fact of his close professional association with the group—he took part in seven of the eight Impressionist exhibitions held in Paris between 1874 and 1886—or it is given a psychological twist—he sympathized with and supported the efforts of the group to find a new path through the thicket of the rigidly prescribed rules of academic art. But his style and his method were his own: Degas sought the permanence of form rather than titillation of the retina; he did not mean his forms to dissolve in the sunlight, he wanted them to occupy a measurable space.

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