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Maison et Jardins de Claude Monet, Rue Claude Monet, Giverny, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France

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Comments (5)

Draken on September 1, 2008

I like this shot. You have really captured the essence of Monet's painting (specially Les Nymphéas). Well done Hans!!

Hans Sterkendries on September 1, 2008

Thank you. Les Nymphéas is one of Monet's best known painting but he actually made a lot of paintings of his garden. The are all in that typical blurry ("impressionist") style that made Monets fame and fortune. Some say Monet had an eye decease that caused him to see blurry but as a matter of fact that garden is so full of flowers and so full of different kinds/colours of flowers that your own eyesight automatically becomes blurry... Unfortunately, the weather was bad that day, otherwise I would have posted more pictures of the garden itself instead of only the flowers...

Draken on September 1, 2008

I have been browsing through your shots taken in that garden and it is really beautiful. Of course the sun would have added the extra light a photographer always welcomes. I didn't know about the "theory" of Monet's blurry eye.

Hans Sterkendries on September 1, 2008

I remember reading about it over ten years ago when it must have been published for the first time. Several sources on the internet refer to The Lancet and to Stanford University, e.g.: this article. It's a plausible explanation...

Draken on September 1, 2008

Hans, Thank you very much for the article. An amazing use of adobe photoshop software. A retinal disease and cataracts may then have accidentally caused a whole new artistic movement. It all boils down to the determination of an artist who was stubborn enough not to give up and continued painting in spite of all difficulties. Yes, it is a plausible explanation and a pretty curious way to start a style...

Nowadays books on impressionists sell very, very well.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 1, 2008
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    by Hans Sterkendries
    • Camera: Canon EOS 5D
    • Taken on 2008/06/08 14:33:36
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash