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The Cover
October 6, 2004

The Cotton Pickers

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2004;292(13):1527. doi:10.1001/jama.292.13.1527

True to his Yankee roots, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was not a loquacious man. Nor did he leave much in the way of writing. It was the doing, not the how, that mattered; the practice of painting, not the theory. If there were theories, they were articulated in images, not in words. If he had a message, it was ultimately cosmic: the unending struggle between humans and the forces of nature. With his watercolors, oils, and woodblock prints he left indelible marks within viewers’ souls.

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