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The Cover
June 15, 2011

Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil

JAMA. 2011;305(23):2384. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.820

On an overcast day in the outskirts of Paris, a painter stands at an easel by a rustic fence, facing a thicket of red, white, and yellow dahlias. It is Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil (cover). Overlooking the pyramidal mass of vegetation to his right are several substantial houses topped with double-sloped roofs and dormer windows in the Second Empire style. Monet is outfitted for an expedition into the countryside, with paint box, palette, brushes, parasol, and portable easel, but in fact he is only a few steps from his house—the cream-colored one with blue window shutters on the left. This view of Monet at work was painted by his friend and colleague Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), who was visiting Monet and his wife Camille in the suburb of Argenteuil.