American Luminism Art and American Luminist Artists
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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:
Of Land and Sea: Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Trost Richards (12/16/10)
Sanford Gifford: A Discovery Joins a University Collection; article by Andrea S. Norris (12/12/08)
Luminosity: Paintings by Stephen Hannock (7/11/07)
Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam (6/15/07)
Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam (9/23/06)
An Eye for Maine: Paintings from a Private Collection; essay by Donelson Hooopes (11/30/04)
The Sublime Landscape (4/14/04)
A Matter of Style: Artistic Influences and Directions in 20th-Century Pennsylvania Painting, essay by Michael A. Tomor (8/2/01)
Contemporary Romanticism: Landscapes in Pastel (5/5/99)
From other websites:
Luminism from artlex.com. Accessed August, 2015.
Luminist paintings in California - landscape painters, Nov, 2001 by Alfred C. Harrison Jr., from Magazine Antiques. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
American Light: The Luminist Movement 1850-1875 is a 32 minute video released in 1989. It is lent free of charge through the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education (go to NGA Loan Materials Finder) John Wilmerding, former curator of American Art at the National Gallery of Art, lends insight into the works examined, and the artists who created Luminous works, with emphasis on four major artists: Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Frederic Edwin Church, and Martin Johnson Heade. "This film is based on the premise that there is something unique about American light, as exemplified by a group of American painters who captured light's remarkable effects on the vistas they painted. The "luminists" worked in the years spanning 1850 through 1875, and according to John Wilmerding, former curator of American Art at the National Gallery of Art, they created paintings distinguished by certain characteristics: a quality of silence that some scholars interpret as transcendental or mystical; the frequent positioning of objects parallel to the picture plane; and an overall effect that lends itself to intense contemplation. Wilmerding lends insight into the works examined, and the artists who created them, with emphasis on four major artists: Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Frederic Edwin Church, and Martin Johnson Heade." (image courtesy NGA)
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