Claude Monet 's Cataracts : Blurring The Lines Through Impressionism

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Claude’s Cataracts:
Blurring the Lines Through Impressionism

Isabella Kalish

Art 323 Modernism
Kimberly Anderson
December 9, 2016
Claude Monet is perhaps one of the most well known artists in recent times. His career spanned nearly seven decades and his work inspired a new generation of artists. As impressive as this sounds, we may still ask what was the reasoning behind his success? It is no secret that towards the end of his life and career,Monet was losing his eyesight as a result of an eye condition called cataracts. The question is, was it sheer luck, or was it a curse. Perhaps an unfortunate situation which Monet had to make the best of? It is up to anyone’s interpretation, but the fact remains that the French Impressionist Movement was never the same after his superb work.
Through Monet’s 20th century period of Impressionistic artwork, the effects of cataracts on his eyes brought a change in his perception in the use of color and his passion for art. The exploration of Monet’s eyesight affecting his career will be explored through two of his biggest series. The starting point will be “Charing Cross Bridge, Reflections on the Thames” (1899-1905) and progress through his “Water Lilies” (1897) series until his death (1926).
Claude Oscar Monet (1840-1926) grew up in Paris, France and began to take an interest in drawing as a teenager. As his interests grew, he attended the Académie Suisse and associated with various…

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