The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
If the 1870s had ended badly for Claude Monet (1840-1926), the 1880s
promised better. The early years of the 1870s had been happy enough: Impressionism
had been born and Monet was its acknowledged leader. He, Camille, and their
son Jean were living in Argenteuil. Just 20 minutes by rail from the Gare
St-Lazare in Paris, the town was close enough to the stimulation of the city,
yet far enough away for the tranquility of the countryside. Monet's colleagues
and former fellow-students—among them Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Caillebotte,
even Manet—visited frequently to exchange views and to paint. They left
a visual record of the town recognized today as the "cradle of Impressionism."
But in the midst of these images of a halcyon time, Camille's health had begun
to decline; she died in 1879 after a lengthy illness, toward the end of which
she had delivered the couple's second child (JAMA cover, August 28, 2002).
Southgate MT. The Cliff, Etretat, Sunset. JAMA. 2002;288(19):2370. doi:10.1001/jama.288.19.2370