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The Cover
June 22/29, 2005

Meditation by the Sea

JAMA. 2005;293(24):2972. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.2972

No American artist of the late 18th and first half of the 19th century was more prolific than one called Anonymous. If we were to adopt a common practice of medieval times, Anonymous might instead be known as the American Master of the Primitive (or of Naive or Folk Art; though not synonymous, the terms are often used interchangeably), for that is the style most commonly associated with him—or her. Uneven though the quality often may be, the works are for the most part charming, innovative, and always from the heart. Whatever the hand may lack, the head contrives and the heart supplies. Such is Meditation by the Sea (cover ), thought to have been painted sometime during the late 1850s or early 1860s, around the outbreak of the Civil War.

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