Carl Vilhelm Holsøe

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Danish Painter, Carl Vilhelm Holsøe,(1863-1935) was a master of light and shade and their effects on surfaces and objects in an interior. Escaping from the sentimentality of Golden Age interiors, Holsoe and his contemporaries imbued this traditional genre with a sense of timeless sanctity. Through the depiction of solitary, usually female, figures with concealed identities, Holsoe’s paintings evoke the brooding nature of introspection and self-absorption. His work, influenced by the 17th Century interiors of the Dutch masters Vermeer, de Hooch, and ter Borch, explored the emotional content inherent in the household interior. (more at youtube)

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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