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The Cover
October 5, 2011

The Yerres, Effect of Rain (L’Yerres, effet de pluie)

JAMA. 2011;306(13):1414. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1366

Spring rain, redolent of freshly turned earth and newly mown grass, refreshes the winter-weary soul. Summer showers, often downpours from thunderstorms born of oppressive heat and served in a bowl of humidity, reinforce the magnitude of nature's power. Autumn sprinkles prepare trees, shrubs, and tired ground for their long rest; winter's watery gift arrives—sometimes liquid, sometimes solid, and oft times in the state of matter suspended in between. One can only surmise in what season Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) captured the precipitation for his The Yerres, Effect of Rain (L’Yerres, effet de pluie) (cover): there is no doubt, however, that Caillebotte's favorite subject—liquid sunshine—provided him with a plethora of inspiration.