Monet's Blues

Cataracts and glasses seem to be a fact of life especially if you are over 40. Research is under way on eye drops that would dissolve the cataract, hence no surgery necessary. However, this potential treatment for humans would be years in the making. For artists the clouding of lenses and color changes makes for an inconvenience when creating artwork, to say the least.

Monet, (1840-1926), was not immune to cataracts, by 1912 he had them in both eyes, age 72. His eye sight grew progressively worse to where he could hardly see. He remarked in a letter (1922), “I’m hard at work. I want to paint everything before my sight is completely gone”.  In 1923 he under went surgery in three stages. After the surgery he experience cyanosis or blue vision. He wrote, “I continue to see green as yellow and all the rest is more or less blue”.

Here are a few of his paintings starting with the year 1914. Some are detail images.

Water Lilies, Monet, 1914-1917

Yellow Irises, Monet, 1914-1917
Water Lily Pond, Monet, 1917-1919
Water Lily Pond, Monet, 1917-1919

Water Lilies, Monet, 1919-1920
Wisteria, Monet 1919-1920
The Japanese Bridge, Monet, 1918-1924



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