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The Cover
May 7, 2003

Two Cats

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2179. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2179

Just at the time when the woodcut as a serious form in Western art had passed nearly into oblivion, the German Expressionist painter Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) added printmaking to his work in oils and watercolor (JAMA covers, January 8, 2003, and April 23/30, 2003). It was Schmidt-Rottluff who, as one of the founders of Die Brücke movement in Dresden in 1909, shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with his cofounders; together they helped to revive the German tradition established by Albrecht Dürer some 400 years earlier. They were true artists-craftsmen: they not only designed the block, but also incised it and made the impressions.