Walk: de Young Museum (Monet: The Late Years)
Distance: 5 miles
|Claude Monet (1840-1926), The Japanese Footbridge, 1899, o/c|
|Claude Monet (1840-1926), The Japanese Footbridge, 1923-25, o/c|
But what Ciwt actually sees and believes is the case is the deterioration of Monet's eyesight and therefore talent, particularly after 1908 when he first wrote his doctor My poor eyesight means I see everything as through a fog. In the ensuing years Monet became blind in one eye and, even after cataract surgery, legally blind in the other. In the year he was painting the lower work (1923) he wrote his doctor the following:
I went through bad days of nerve pain or other, fortunately, calmed and passed by pills. Apart from that, I see less and less, with or without dark glasses. The excessive light that we have tires me so much that I am obliged to confine myself in the darkness of the room. Today, I have had strong spins in the center of the eye itself, and, moreover I always have the sensation of having water in my eye.
| Monet in his bed wearing the protective dark glasses he wore |
continually for many years in connection with worsening cataracts