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01 FEBRUARY 2013

Claude Monet's Ultraviolet Eye

"Late in his life, Claude Monet developed cataracts. As his lenses degraded, they blocked parts of the visible spectrum, and the colors he perceived grew muddy. Monet's cataracts left him struggling to paint; he complained to friends that he felt as if he saw everything in a fog. After years of failed treatments, he agreed at age 82 to have the lens of his left eye completely removed. Light could now stream through the opening unimpeded. Monet could now see familiar colors again. And he could also see colors he had never seen before. Monet began to see--and to paint--in ultraviolet."

(Carl Zimmer, 16/04/2012)



1915blindness • cataracts • Claude Monetcolourcolour and light • colour frequency • colour tones • declining vision • eye surgery • eyes • foggy • French painter • impressionism • impressionistic personal world • light • light frequency • light sensitivity • meticulous observation • muddier • nuclear cataracts • optical effectpainterperception of reality • perceptual abnormalities • pigment • ultraviolet color patterns • ultraviolet colour • ultraviolet light • ultraviolet sensitivity • ultraviolet vision • UV • visible light • visible spectrum • visionvisual distortionvisual perception • visual problems • wavelength


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