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The Cover
June 5, 2002

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

JAMA. 2002;287(21):2753. doi:10.1001/jama.287.21.2753

Though he came to the form late in its development, as well as relatively late in his own life, the 20th-century American painter Franz Kline (1910-1962) will always be remembered in the annals of art history as an Abstract Expressionist, its "last major contributor," as historian Matthew Baigell terms him. Not until the mid-1940s did Kline begin to experiment with abstraction, probably at the urging of his friend Willem de Kooning; only in the 1950s did his name become identified with the movement as closely as those of Jackson Pollock and de Kooning. Kline's work is sometimes compared with that of Pollock, but it is generally agreed that de Kooning was his primary influence. Indeed, some say the influences were mutual, Kline influencing de Kooning as much as he him.

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