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The Cover
April 10, 2002

Rainy Day, Boston

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1769. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1769

In 1877, French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte completed one of his most striking and beloved works, Paris Street; Rainy Day (JAMA cover, April 14, 1975). It was shown in Paris the same year as part of the third Impressionist exhibit. Some eight years later, in 1885, a young, 26-year-old American artist, Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935), painted Rainy Day, Boston (cover). As art historian William Gerdts notes, the two paintings "bear an uncanny resemblance" to one another (Gerdts WH. American Impressionism. University of Washington, Seattle: The Henry Gallery; 1980). On the other hand, there is no evidence to suggest that Hassam had seen the Caillebotte work, even though he had visited Europe in 1883 when Impressionism was at its height.

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