Luminism is an American style of landscape painting that was most popular from the 1850s to the 1870s. As suggested by its name, the luminist painting style emphasizes effects of light on the landscape. This approach aims to depict nature through a contemplative lens. Luminist works are figurative, and bear no visible brushstrokes or expressive effects like impasto. They often depict large bodies of water such as oceans or rivers, due to the reflective qualities of water which create lighting effects. Artists working in the luminist style also frequently emphasize the light cast by the sky. Some of the most important luminist painters are Martin Johnson Heade, Sanford Gifford, Fitz Hugh Lane, and John F. Kensett. 

The influence of the luminist painting style still bears its influence on today's art world. Many contemporary artists find inspiration in its treatment of light and ability to capture the tranquility of the natural landscape. Join us to discover some of our favorite contemporary artists emphasizing the beauty of nature through light, from Suzanne Vaughen to Terry Watts!

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