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The Cover
April 21, 2010

In Pasture

JAMA. 2010;303(15):1456. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.430

When Julien Dupré (1851-1910) left Paris for Picardy to paint scenes of agricultural life, he was following a French tradition founded by portrait and landscape painters such as Jean-François Millet and Jules Breton. Like Millet and Breton, Dupré admired the endurance and beauty of women working long hours in the pastures and fields carrying heavy pails and pitching hay into head-high stacks. He also had a knack for painting cows and for creating balanced compositions. Dupré's painting In Pasture (cover) weighs the power of a large animal in motion against the struggle of a farm worker to restrain it.