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Luminism is an American landscape painting style from the mid-19th century, characterized by attention to detail and an emphasis on the effects of light on the landscape.


Time Period

Luminism was prominent between 1850 and 1875, often associated with a serene, quiet portrayal of the American landscape.

Key Artists

  • John Frederick Kensett
  • Fitz Henry Lane

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What defines Luminism in art?
    Luminism is defined by its subtle, almost glowing portrayal of light, serene scenes, and meticulous attention to detail in landscape paintings.

  2. What makes Luminism unique?
    The unique aspect of Luminism lies in its tranquil and often idealized representation of the American landscape, emphasizing the interplay of light and atmosphere.