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Secret of the Water Lilies

We've reported before about how artists' diseases may have influenced their art. Now researchers think that Monet?s blurred vision, caused by cataracts, may have influenced his famous paintings of water lilies.

In the Independent, Jonathan Brown reports that US ophthalmologist Michael Marmor says that Monet's cataracts would have made the world seem blurry and yellow-tinted?two characteristics of his later "water lily" series of paintings.

Monet finally had cataract surgery in 1923, at the age of 86. But Brown quotes art historian Chris Riopelle as saying, "[Monet's eye condition] does not entirely answer the questions?after surgery, Monet's style did not alter radically."

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