Seeing Through the Eyes of Degas & Monet

degas.jpgIn our December issue you’ll find an item in the “Art Matters” column about a medical study of Edgar Degas and Claude Monet’s deteriorating eyesight and how it changed their painting styles. Here you’ll find a slideshow of how these artists viewed their subjects, based on Stanford University School of Medicine Opthamologist Michael Marmor’s study and computer simulation.

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  1. Jimmy Wright

    Many readers may not be familiar with Chuck Close’s painting style before and after his stroke. Close overcame the limitations of movement and control brought about by his stroke with a loose, abstract patterned brushstroke that conveys visual information similar to a pixel image.

    His pre-stroke style is a cool, detached recording of visual information. The post-stroke style—while still conveying the realistic image—is loose and expressionistic, though controlled by a grid. He is a contemporary example of an artist expanding the visual vocabulary of art even against physical limitations.

    Looking through a faceted crystal will give a student a clue as to how the world looks through a cubist eye; painting by copying the faceted crystal image does not re-create Cubism. Looking through the cloud of a cataract does not re-create Post-Impressionism. In science and art, innovation comes through fierce work and creative thinking in the face of insurmountable odds.