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The Cover
March 8, 2006

Assiette de fruits et lierre en fleur dans un pot à la rose (Fruit Plate and Flowering Ivy in a Pot With a Rose)

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;295(10):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.295.10.1098

Throughout the early months of 1941, the 71-year-old Henri Matisse (1869-1954) lay gravely ill in a clinic in Lyon after surgery for an intestinal blockage. Day and night his daughter, Marguerite, and Lydia, his secretary-cum-model, remained at his side. Despite a wound infection and two episodes of pulmonary embolism, Matisse was well enough by the end of March to be discharged to a hotel near the clinic; Marguerite returned to her own family while Lydia stayed on. Two months later, in late May, Matisse, with Lydia at his side, was able to return to Nice where he resumed living at the Hôtel Régina and, eventually, his work. (For a full account of this period of the artist's life, including Matisse's illness, the reader is referred to Hilary Spurling's recently published Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Color: 1909-1954, which won Britain's Whitbread award for Book of the Year in 2005. Matisse's earlier years, 1869-1908, are covered in Spurling's The Unknown Matisse, published in 1998.)