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The Cover
December 9, 1998

Black Place I

Author Affiliations

Edited by M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 1998;280(22):1892. doi:10.1001/jama.280.22.1892

For American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), colors meant more than words. Her sensual paintings embrace the beauty and vibrancy of nature in a way that speaks louder than words ever could.

O'Keeffe hailed from Sun Prairie, Wis, where some of her earliest recollections were the spacious views of the Midwestern plains and farms. At the age of 13, she informed the washerwoman's daughter, "I'm going to be an artist." Indeed, she spent her lifetime fulfilling this prophesy.