The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
His surname was apt, alarmingly apt, and disarmingly prophetic. Eustache
Le Sueur (1616-1655) lived and died, literally, "by the sweat of his brow."
A contemporary of Nicolas Poussin and Charles Lebrun, and a pupil of Simon
Vouet, his work lent added lustre to a country already in the midst of its
Golden Age of Painting. Yet his life was remarkable, historians tell us, only
for being unremarkable. Born in Paris, he died in Paris, and apparently never
strayed far from it during his entire lifetime. When he was in his late 20s,
he married one Genevieve Gousse and, during the remaining 11 years of his
life, sired seven children. He is described as being an industrious painter.
Indeed, his premature death, at only age 38, was attributed to "overwork."
Southgate MT. Meekness. JAMA. 2002;287(13):1617. doi:10.1001/jama.287.13.1617