The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was the Parisian par excellence, a true boulevardier, who loved every nook
and cranny of his native city, not least the tiny, angled streets that Baron
de Haussemann had somehow missed in his ambitious urban renewal plans. Rue
Mosnier, for example, arose at the Pont de l'Europe, angled briefly north
and westward, and disappeared into the bustle of the boulevard des Batignolles.
From the second-floor window of his studio at 4 rue de St-Pétersbourg,
just off the Pont de L'Europe, Manet could look up almost the entire length
of the tiny street. The Rue Mosnier With Flags (cover) is one of several oils and washes Manet did of this
view. One of the oils shows the street as it is being paved, while the washes
are studies in composition or sketches of individual figures. All were executed
around 1878. The flag picture commemorates a national holiday, Fête de la Paix, which marked the economic and political recovery
of the country after the Franco-Prussian war and the siege of Paris during
Southgate MT. The Rue Mosnier With Flags. JAMA. 2004;291(20):2409. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2409