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The Cover
January 18, 2006


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;295(3):251. doi:10.1001/jama.295.3.251

The Dutch painter and draftsman Herman Kruyder (1881-1935) was born in Lage Vuursche, the Netherlands, in the spring of 1881 and died in Amsterdam just weeks short of his 53rd birthday. He was, apparently, a victim of his own hand while a patient in a psychiatric hospital there. This was at least the second time he had been a patient in a psychiatric hospital, the first having been some nine years earlier when he was admitted for what has been termed “psychological problems” according to one account and as “depression” according to another. But whatever the diagnosis, the year of his admission is the same year Kruyder painted the colorful yet brooding Dorpsstraat, or Village Street (cover ). (Of note here is Kruyder's signature in the lower right corner. On the horizontal line are two large initials, “H” and “K”; the remaining, much smaller letters of his surname rise vertically from the “K.” It is almost as though he wishes to conceal his name from all but his close confidants or most devoted viewers.)