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The Cover
August 1, 2007

Signs and Configurations

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(5):491. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.491

The painter, ceramicist, printmaker, and sculptor Joan Miró (1893-1983) was born in Barcelona and grew up in the nearby farming community of Montroig. After studying art in Barcelona, Miró left home in 1919 for Paris, the emerging capital of the art world. He stayed in France for two decades, but the work he produced during that time reveals that his homeland was often on his mind. An early Miró masterpiece, The Farm (JAMA cover, September 9, 1988), painted in Paris in 1921-1922, is a clear reference to Montroig. Miró sold the painting to a friend, the novelist Ernest Hemingway, who said, “It has in it all that you feel about Spain when you are there and all that you feel when you are away and cannot go there.”