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¡Otra Margarita! (Another Marguerite!)

Janet M. Torpy, MD
JAMA. 2010;303(7):591. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.2011.
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The sadness that emanates from ¡Otra Margarita! (Another Marguerite!) (cover) overwhelms, palpable and unforgettable. Such powerful emotion brings the viewer to wonder why this beautiful woman has been shackled, and impassively waits, shrouded in a mantle of despair like the charcoal cloak that drapes her shrunken shoulders. No one could possibly imagine that the scene Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) has painted here represents a reality—the incident witnessed by Sorolla himself in a third-class train carriage: this woman suffocated her own infant. Now in custody, more so by her own sorrow than by the desultory presence of the guards or the restraints on her wrists, Margarita awaits her fate.

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), ¡Otra Margarita! (Another Marguerite!), 1892, Spanish. Oil on canvas. 130 × 200 cm. Courtesy of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri; gift of Charles Nagel Sr, 1894.



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