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The Cover
December 19, 2001

Winter in the Country

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(23):2912. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.2912

The art of landscape painting dates at least as far back as antiquity, but in the Western world it was only in the 17th century that it first blossomed as an independent genre, and only in the 19th century that it reached its full flowering. Some names stand out like mileposts: Poussin, Claude, Corot, Monet, Pissarro, Cézanne. Lesser known are the so-called itinerant painters who flourished principally in the entrepreneurial world of 19th-century America. Lacking a market in their own town, they traveled about the area peddling their wares to whomever would buy.