Monday, May 07, 2007

Photoshop Re-Creates Aging Impressionists' Eye on the World

by Randy Dotinga @ WIRED

For decades, art historians have wondered what made Claude Monet and Edgar Degas evolve from landmark impressionist painters to what some consider to be shadows of their former selves. Now, a Stanford University ophthalmologist has used the Gaussian filter and other Photoshop wonders to replicate how the artists saw the world later in life.
The verdict: The painters couldn't paint the same way anymore because they couldn't see the same way.
"It's no secret that both Degas and Monet had failing vision. What's never been clear is what did that mean for them," said Dr. Michael Marmor, who studies how the brain processes sight. With the help of Photoshop, "we realize how this limitation may have influenced their style."


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