The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
When Louis-Auguste Cézanne died in Aix-en-Provence on an October
day in 1886 at the age of 88, the town lost a prosperous and wealthy banker.
His son, on the other hand, the man who would become known as "the father
of modern painting," lost a father whose tyranny had ruled his life for nearly
50 years. As the only son, he also inherited not only his father's sizable
fortune, but Jas de Bouffan, the large family estate just outside Aix that
the father had purchased a quarter of a century earlier. It was there that
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) would live and paint for the remaining 20
years of his life, cared for by his mother and sister. More than a century
removed, the environs and the people of Aix—Mount St Victoire, Jas de
Bouffan, the workers on the estate—have become as familiar to us as
though we, too, had walked among its trees or kibitzed at a game of cards
or even chatted with Hortense on those rare occasions that she came down from
Paris (JAMA covers, October 19, 1994, and January 13, 1999).
Southgate MT. Chestnut Trees at the Jas de Bouffan. JAMA. 2003;289(7):808. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.808