The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
No American artist of the late 18th and first half of the 19th century
was more prolific than one called Anonymous. If we were to adopt a common
practice of medieval times, Anonymous might instead be known as the American
Master of the Primitive (or of Naive or Folk Art; though not synonymous, the
terms are often used interchangeably), for that is the style most commonly
associated with him—or her. Uneven though the quality often may be,
the works are for the most part charming, innovative, and always from the
heart. Whatever the hand may lack, the head contrives and the heart supplies.
Such is Meditation by the Sea (cover ),
thought to have been painted sometime during the late 1850s or early 1860s,
around the outbreak of the Civil War.
Southgate MT. Meditation by the Sea. JAMA. 2005;293(24):2972. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.2972