The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
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
Southgate MT. Rainy Day, Boston. JAMA. 2002;287(14):1769. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1769