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The Cover
February 9, 2005

Still Life With Violin

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2005;293(6):653. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.653

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).

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