(1991) Claude Monet by Renoir
France (1999) The
water lilies by Claude Monet.
Monet, one of the leading French
impressionist had cataracts. Over time, his eyes grew cloudy, making the
dim and colours look muted. Everything
he painted looked blurry. In later life, Monet had cataract surgery to
clouded right lens. Monet first
learned he had cataracts in 1912 and he was almost blind in his right eye.
following years, his left eye gradually
began to lose its clarity of sight. In the summer of 1922 Monetís loss
vision forced him to stop painting.
"I no longer saw colours with the same intensity," he wrote. "The reds
muddy to me, the pinks insipid,
and the intermediate colours or lower tones escaped me." The failing sight
to have surgery to remove the cataract
in his right eye in 1922 and he resumed painting in 1923 until his death