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The Cover
October 10, 2007

Self-Portrait

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

JAMA. 2007;298(14):1609. doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1609

Twentieth-century American painter, social realist, and social activist Philip Evergood (1901-1973) forged his own artistic style. It was a style that was not easily categorized, a style that did not conform to popular agenda, yet a style that was always intended for a specific end. The painter's responsibility, he believed, was to express social consciousness and to take a stand on the contentious issues affecting the common man. Evergood's paintings were not meant for frivolity, entertainment, or beauty; his aim was of a higher sort. This was evident as his convictions materialized into the recordings of social plights illustrating inequality, the tragedy of war, and the subjugation of the working class. Some examples of his realistic expressions of consciousness are Pink Dismissal Slip (1937) and Don't Cry Mother (1938).

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