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The Cover
July 5, 2006

Still Life With Roses of Dijon

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;296(1):14. doi:10.1001/jama.296.1.14

Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), it would seem, never met a flower he didn't paint. His delicately hued still lifes of flowers, fruit, and china (JAMA cover, March 2, 1979) far outnumber his other works, including the portraits, which are done in the dark, Dutch manner, and the so-called dream paintings where, inspired by the works of Wagner, Berlioz, and Schumann, he peopled his canvases with nymphs and fairies. Latour himself, apparently, did not regard the flower pieces as his greatest works, but the English, introduced to them by his friend, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, loved them and bought them as fast as he could produce them. During a single year, 1872, he turned out nearly 50. Ten years later he was still at it: Still Life With Roses of Dijon (cover) was painted in 1882.