American Luminism Art
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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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