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also Lu·mi·nism  (lo͞o′mə-nĭz′əm)
A style of 19th-century American landscape painting concerned especially with the meticulous rendering of atmospheric light and the perceived effects of that light on depicted objects.

[Latin lūmen, lūmin-, light; see lumen + -ism.]

lu′mi·nist adj. & n.


1. a movement in painting concerned with effects of light, especially the use of broken color in its full intensity with a minimum of shadow effects, applied especially to many Impressionist and Pointillist artists.
2. a technique of painting employing minute modulations of tone, developed in America (1825-65) by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, and others. — luminist, n.
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Noun1.luminism - an artistic movement in the United States that was derived from the Hudson River school; active from 1850 to 1870; painted realistic landscapes in a style that pictured atmospheric light and the use of aerial perspective
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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This well-preserved painting is considered an early example of luminism, an American painting style that depicts the effects of light played out across tranquil settings, calm waters, and hazy skies.
British-born Salmon was a maritime painter who influenced American Luminism, and this atmospheric painting is a beautiful example of his technique.
Recalling and affirming the great American landscape tradition in all its incarnations, her works embody Martin Johnson Heade's transcendental luminism, Mark Rothko's visionary veils of color, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles's ecopolitics.
For too long, vers-librisme has been the postimpressionist luminism of our poetry.
These latter works, which foregrounded media ecology and environmentalism along with notions of place, mobilized the luminism and Romantic elements of nineteenth-century American landscape painting.
This "dark art" of luminism makes use of very sophisticated technology.