The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Surely, they were the Odd Couple of the 20th Century, the flamboyant
Spanish painter from Andalusia, and the reserved French artist from Le Havre.
They met in Paris in 1907 when both were in their mid-20s and the poet Apollinaire
took Georges Braque (1882-1963) to the studio of Pablo Picasso. Some say they
met in spring, others in autumn. Whatever the season, the meeting was fateful
for Braque, for Picasso, and for art. It was then, more or less, that Cubism
was conceived. Until this meeting, Braque, who had arrived in Paris around
1900, had been painting in a Fauve style, inspired by the sharply defined
shapes and vivid colors of Matisse. In Picasso's studio he was stunned
by the canvas Picasso was then working on, the seminal Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (JAMA cover,
September 3, 2003).
Southgate MT. Still Life With Violin. JAMA. 2005;293(6):653. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.653