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A large number of the Impressionist painters were near-sighted, or "myopes". Cézanne and Renoir both suffered from, and appeared to exploit, the blur induced by myopia in their work. Renoir was known to step back from the canvas so that it was out of focus. Cézanne, when offered spectacles raged, “take away those vulgar things!” The sharp focus produced by corrective lenses worked against the global abstract style that the Impressionists sought to achieve. In short, uncorrected myopia may have offered a shortcut to abstracting the general forms and colors of… Read more
Didn't read Part 1? Click here! In 1752 James Ayscough advertised spectacles with double hinged side pieces. These became extremely popular and appear more often than any other kind in paintings, prints, and caricatures of the period. Lenses were made of tinted glass as well as clear. Ayscough felt that "white glass gives an offensive glaring light, very prejudicial to the eyes, and on that account, green and blue glasses have been advised...". In Spain Pablo Minguet recommended turquoise, green, or yellow lenses but not amber or red. European men and women, particularly the French, were self-conscious about wearing… Read more
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