TIL: Claude Monet could see more colours than the average artist

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  • A fun fact inspired by Chronogram

  • Sponsorship blurb

  • Answers to last week's games

  • Game updates

  • Player showcase

TIL: Claude Monet could see more colours than the average artist

Claude Monet painting in colours we can only dream of. Image generated by DALL-E.

Claude Monet, renowned for his precision with colour, faced a significant challenge in the 1910s when he developed cataracts, threatening his painting career. In a twist of fate, a risky cataract surgery not only preserved his ability to paint but might have altered his vision's spectrum. Post-surgery, evidence suggests that Monet might have gained the unique ability to perceive ultraviolet light, a spectrum typically visible to insects but not humans. This remarkable shift is believed to result from the removal of his eye's lens, which typically filters out UV light. Consequently, his later artworks displayed hints of "bee purple," a colour he previously couldn't perceive. Such a development hints at an unexpected blend of nature, science, and art in Monet's legendary career.

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Kean, S. (2022, January 11). "Could Claude Monet See Like a Bee?".Science History Institute Museum and Library, Philadelphia. Retrieved from https://www.sciencehistory.org/stories/magazine/could-claude-monet-see-like-a-bee/ 


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Answers to last week's games

Monday, October 30 to Sunday, November 5.


  • Oct 30 Denmark

  • Oct 31 Togo

  • Nov 1 Pakistan

  • Nov 2 Malawi

  • Nov 3 Sudan

  • Nov 4 Morocco

  • Nov 5 Philippines

Globle: Capitals

  • Oct 30 Nairobi

  • Oct 31 Chisinau

  • Nov 1 Brussels

  • Nov 2 Lima

  • Nov 3 Yaren

  • Nov 4 London

  • Nov 5 Freetown


  • Oct 30 (#212) Catherine II

  • Oct 31 (#213) Ferdinand Magellan

  • Nov 1 (#214) Claude Monet

  • Nov 2 (#215) Henry VIII

  • Nov 3 (#216) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

  • Nov 4 (#217) Caravaggio

  • Nov 5 (#218) The Duke of Wellington


  • Oct 30 (#91) Barn owl

  • Oct 31 (#92) Alligator

  • Nov 1 (#93) Cockatiel

  • Nov 2 (#94) Walrus

  • Nov 3 (#95) Condor

  • Nov 4 (#96) Anaconda

  • Nov 5 (#97) Caiman


  • Oct 30 (#30) Nutmeg

  • Oct 31 (#31) Peanut

  • Nov 1 (#32) Rubber

  • Nov 2 (#33) Almond

  • Nov 3 (#34) Macadamia nut

  • Nov 4 (#35) Flax

  • Nov 5 (#36) Agave


“View of the Basilica of Constantine from the Palatine, Rome” by Jean-Charles-Joseph Rémond

Forgery of week, from Nov 3
84.6% Accurate

Rémond, J.-C.-J. (1822). View of the Basilica of Constantine from the Palatine, Rome. [Painting]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/438669

Game Updates

Getting this newsletter together has been a mission, so there are no major updates coming next week. In the short term, you will soon be able to connect your Trainwreck Labs account to Globle and Globle: Capitals using Discord. Longer term, I’m working on adding new historical figures to Chronogram, as well as a new version of the game for fictional characters. If you have any suggestions for historical figures or characters, please share them in the Discord server!

Player Showcase

Future editions of this newsletter will showcase players enjoying Trainwreck Labs games with their friends, classrooms, and offices. If you have any pictures* of scoreboards, funny stories, or group text screenshots, please share them with me at [email protected] or in our Discord server.

*Please get the permission of everyone in the photo before sending it to me.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!