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The Cover
February 19, 2003

Chestnut Trees at the Jas de Bouffan

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

JAMA. 2003;289(7):808. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.808

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).

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