Christina wrote a great piece on The Impressionists that reminded me of an old story about the founder and possibly the greatest of The Impressionist Movement: Jean-Claude Monet.
Now, the Impressionists were a new breed of radical artists who painted their subjects as their eyes directed them, instead of conceptually with extravagant trimmings and creative details, like the more popular Baroque style; that led to blonde, blue-eyed Jesus and Caucasian Father Abraham portraits to litter all over the Renaissance.
Monet (1840 – 1926) towards the end of his life was afflicted with cataract. Being a true master of Impressionism, he painted nature as he saw them; without embellishment.
Below is Woman in a Garden, painted in 1867 when he was 27 years old.
Now compare with Nymphéas, reflets de saule, completed in 1919, when he was 79 years old:
With cataract, one’s vision will continue to deteriorate. In 1923, cataract surgery development was at an early stage. Monet decided to undergo it; after which he produced the following: