Luminism – Let There Be Light!

Luminism is an American landscape painting style of the 1850s – 1870s, characterized by effects of light in landscapes, through using aerial perspective, and concealing visible brushstrokes. Luminist landscapes emphasize tranquillity and often depict calm reflective water, and a soft hazy sky. (more)


Fishing Party by Fitz Henry Lane


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Mississippi Boatman by George Caleb Bingham



Storm in the Rocky Mountains by Albert Bierstadt


Related: Luminism – Impressionism (French)


Girl with a Watering Can by Évariste Carpentier


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
 – Edith Wharton