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The Cover
May 26, 2004

The Rue Mosnier With Flags

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2409. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2409

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 1870-1871.

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