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The Cover
April 27, 2005

Still Life With Jar, Cup, and Apples

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2005;293(16):1954. doi:10.1001/jama.293.16.1954

By all accounts, Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was a taciturn man, unpolished and gruff, lacking in manners, churlish, secretive, and stubborn. Born and raised in sun-baked Aix-en-Provence, he was as out of place in the cosmopolitan ateliers of Paris as a dusty mendicant friar would be begging sous in the Salon Carré. But when he painted, it was different. Paul Cézanne became as eloquent as a choir of angels. He plumbed the mysteries of nature, returning with riches that would eventually change the entire course of painting. It was not always that way. The road was long and the journey arduous. In the end it would cost him his life.

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