The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Decades after the event, the elderly Claude Monet (1840-1926) recalled
the complex emotions he had experienced while creating the posthumous portrait
of his wife, Camille Doncieux (1847-1879). "I found myself staring at [my
wife's] tragic countenance, automatically trying to identify the sequence,
the proportion of light and shade in the colors that death had imposed on
[her] immobile face. Shades of blue, yellow, gray, and I don't know what.
. . . In spite of myself, my reflexes drew me into the unconscious operation
that is but the daily order of my life. Pity me, my friend."
Gedo MM. Mme Monet on Her Deathbed. JAMA. 2002;288(8):928. doi:10.1001/jama.288.8.928