How Monet’s cataracts influenced his style

Simulations of Ailing Artists’ Eyes Yield New Insights on Style GUY GUGLIOTTA New York Times 12/4/07

“Now, thanks to modern digital techniques, scientists and critics can have a better idea how cataracts changed what Monet saw. This year, an ophthalmologist at Stanford, Michael F. Marmor, described in The Archives of Ophthalmology creating computer simulations of Monet’s world as his lenses yellowed, blurring vision and turning patterns of color and light into muddy, unfocused, yellow-green inkblots.

“Although it is impossible to know how Monet wanted his canvases to look, Dr. Marmor’s research suggests that understanding physical infirmity can help assess his work.”

Posted by: Tanya

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