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The Cover
August 27, 2003

Still Life With Apples

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;290(8):993. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.993

A century ago, few people in the academic art world of Paris saw anything even faintly resembling beauty in the paintings of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). Like this strange, taciturn man from the provinces, they were characterized as crude, awkward, unfinished. They were like the country workman who enters the drawing room without washing his hands or cleaning his shoes, or the peasant who eats with his knife and waves it about as he speaks. Their accent was decidedly provincial; never would they be confused with or mistaken for any of the finely finished works on exhibit at the Paris Salon. In the opinion of the critics (and often, in Cézanne's as well), they were not worth a sou of the time he lavished on them.