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The Cover
July 24/31, 2002

Sunset (Medusa)

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2002;288(4):417. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.417

Neither his works nor his life falls easily into any of the patterns expected for an artist working in Europe in the first half of the 20th century. Perhaps better known for his stage designs than for his paintings, Eugene (Yevgeny) Berman (1899-1972) was born in St Petersburg; he moved to Western Europe with his family when he was nine years old. There he began his art training, studying in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, and, during the years of World War I, in St Petersburg. After the war, he studied for two years at the Académie Ranson in Paris; among his teachers were Edouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis. In 1921, Berman had his first major exhibition, also in Paris, at the Galerie Druet. Except for a period of time he spent in Italy studying the art of the Renaissance, Berman remained in France for some 20 years; he left only with the outbreak of World War II. )

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