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The Cover
August 28, 2002

Mme Monet on Her Deathbed

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2002;288(8):928. doi:10.1001/jama.288.8.928

Decades after the event, the elderly Claude Monet (1840-1926) recalled the complex emotions he had experienced while creating the posthumous portrait of his wife, Camille Doncieux (1847-1879). "I found myself staring at [my wife's] tragic countenance, automatically trying to identify the sequence, the proportion of light and shade in the colors that death had imposed on [her] immobile face. Shades of blue, yellow, gray, and I don't know what. . . . In spite of myself, my reflexes drew me into the unconscious operation that is but the daily order of my life. Pity me, my friend."