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The Art of JAMA
February 24, 2015

By the RiverEdward W. Redfield

JAMA. 2015;313(8):778-779. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11597

Something about a river seems to soothe the soul, whether the hypnotic rhythm of the hastening waters, the lyrical wandering of a waterway tracing the topography, or a subconscious sense of its life-giving properties. For painter Edward W. Redfield (1869-1965), the river and its fringe of foliage bankside provided an ever-new exhibition of color and lighting combos to convey on canvas. His optimistic, vigorously wrought landscapes appealed to Americans who saw in them a reading of their young country as surging forward with a similar strength of purpose.

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