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The Cover
April 23/30, 2003

Water Lilies

JAMA. 2003;289(16):2031. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2031

A world apart—a universe, even a lifetime apart—from the brilliant oils of his Die Brücke period (JAMA cover, May 13, 1998) are the watercolors Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) painted during the 1930s, more than two decades after the group he had helped to found was disbanded. Not only was his medium different: so were the subjects, colors, even the style. Each had changed dramatically. Craggy mountains yielded to small, intimate ponds; harsh, sharply contrasting colors were muted to neutral earth tones; and the style, though still expressive of strong emotion, became less intimidating, less grand, more inviting than the earlier oils. Majesty and monumentality remain, but they now belong to humbler objects. Water Lilies (cover ), painted in 1934, is typical of these watercolors.