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Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge, Giverny, c. 1922, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Audrey Jones Beck.

What the Great Painters Really Saw: The Eye, Ocular Diseases, and Visual Artists

Monday, Apr 08, 2013
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. if seating is available.

"Houston Arts and Medicine" Lecture Series
Inaugural Lecture

Presented by Richard Fish, MD, deputy chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Methodist Hospital, and physician member of Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine

This fascinating lecture presents an overview of common eye diseases: cataracts, macular degeneration, color deficiency, ocular hemorrhage, and other conditions that have affected the work of famous artists including Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Richard Fish explores issues such as myopia, astigmatism, ocular drug toxicity, and whether they might have played a role in certain works of art. He also looks at the evolution of pigments and paints, and the use of pigmented dyes in retinal surgery. Questions? E-mail

The “Houston Arts and Medicine” lecture series is a collaborative effort between the University of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum, The Honors College, and College of Optometry, Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

About the Speaker
Richard Fish, MD, is among the nation’s leading specialists in the research and treatment of opportunistic infections of the eye. In addition to his duties at the Methodist Hospital, he is a clinical associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and book chapters about retinal and neuro-ophthalmologic disorders.