Color-Correcting Van Gogh

Aug 25 2012 @ 2:09pm

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Joe Hanson tells how a Japanese doctor and media design specialist began musing about the possibility that Van Gogh was color blind:

After visiting a design exhibit that modeled the visual experience of people with colorblindness, Kazunori Asada noticed that…,  [u]nder the chromatically filtered light, Van Gogh’s more striking and curious color choices suddenly became natural and warm. It was if this was how they were meant to be viewed, Asada thought.

Colin Schultz adds:

To recreate his experience, Asada modified a color-deficiency simulator he had previously designed to better mimic more subtle variations of color blindness. He has a number of striking examples of the master painter’s works reimagined. The simulator is freely available, and allows you to simulate the experiences of the one-in-ten men (and fewer women) you may know with some form of color vision deficiency.

Previous Dish on how Monet's cataracts affected his work here.

(Image: Van Gogh's The Starry Night – original on the left, color blindness simulation on the right. From Kazunori Asada)