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The Cover
March 15, 2006

Branche de prunier, fond vert

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;295(11):1223. doi:10.1001/jama.295.11.1223

Again and again in the paintings from his Mediterrean years, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) turned to the figure of the woman when he wished to contemplate the mystery that exists between color and line (JAMA covers, March 1, 2006, and March 8, 2006). What is the relationship between the object, its color, and its shape? How does one express this on a flat piece of canvas? Does line define color or color line? Where does the one end and the other begin? What, if anything, exists in the space between color and line, if, indeed, there is such a space? What is the color of emptiness? What is the shape of the void?