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Edvard Munch’s Damaged Retina

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Sharon Butler blogs about Edvard Munch's – on view in the exhibition Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at Tate Modern through October 14, 2012.

Butler writes that the show "focus[es] on the neglected aspects of [Munch's] often radical work, particularly his use of film and photography…" She also calls attention to a fascinating group of paintings and drawings Munch made after "he suffered a serious intraocular hemorrhage in his right eye, and, later, another one in his left. The condition left a blind spot, splotches and blood clots that impacted both his vision and his painting. He documented the effects in watercolors and drawings, but the visual impairment affected his other work as well."

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