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The Cover
June 9, 2004

The Wounded Foot

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2004;291(22):2677. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2677

The Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), though not, strictly speaking, an Impressionist, comes close enough. His numerous landscapes and water scenes may be recognized almost instantly by their exquisite coloring and delicate touch, but it is the way in which he handles the light that gives them their unique identity. In Spanish, this style is known as pintura de la luz, or "painting of light." It was a style shared by many Spanish artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; its sources were mainly the so-called avant-garde of France and Italy, such "moderns" as Corot, Courbet, the Barbizons, the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists, and the Macchiaioli (from the Italian for "stain, blot; rough draft"). Among Sorolla's most beloved works are his softly toned beach scenes. Somewhat reminiscent of Mary Cassatt, their subjects are mainly women and children enjoying special, tender relationships, known to themselves alone. So engrossed is each in the other that both are oblivious to the bustle around them.

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