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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.
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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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