Claude Monet, the father of impressionist painting, didn’t change his style to something more abstract at the end of his career, he just suffered from cataracts.

According to an experiment by Michael Marmor, professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University, Monet (1840-1926) and fellow impressionist Edgar Degas (1834-1917), both suffered severe eye problems affecting their later works.

Marmor recreated computer images showing how the two painters would have seen the world using a system of filters and documents from the time, a statement from the US university said.

"Contemporaries of both have noted that their late works were strangely coarse or garish and seemed out of character to the finer works that these artists had produced over the years," Marmor said.

"Like retinal disease, cataracts also blur vision," he added, "but more importantly for a painter like Monet, whose style was based on the use of light and colour, they can affect the ability to see colours."

Via: iafrica