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Title American light : the luminist movement, 1850-1875 : paintings, drawings, photographs / [edited by] John Wilmerding, with contributions by Lisa Fellows Andrus ... [and others]
Published New York : Harper & Row, in association with the National Gallery of Art, 1980


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Description 330 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 28 cm
Contents Introduction / John Wilmerding -- On defining Luminism / Barbara Novak -- Design and measurement in Luminist art / Lisa Fellows Andrus -- Luminism and the American sublime / Earl A. Powell -- The Luminist movement : some reflections / John Wilmerding -- Church and Luminism : light for America's elect / David C. Huntington -- Luminism in context : a new view / Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. -- Luminst drawings / Linda S. Ferber -- "New eyes" -- Luminism and photography / Weston Naef -- White light in the wilderness : landscape & self in nature's nation / Albert Gelpi -- Bibliography / Linda L. Ayres
Summary "While many people are familiar with the Hudson River "School" of art, far fewer realize that out of that movement came the American Luminist movement of the mid 19th Century. While some of the Hudson River artists were also luminists, most of their landscapes are not. The Luminists generally painted smaller landscapes than the HRS artists, they are always extremely peaceful scenes, often rather mono-tone in color, and most of all sublime. That is, the solid mountains or hills in the distance faded into the vapor of the atmosphere, which captured the light of the sun or moon, giving the picture a luminist look. This book first gives the qualifications of Luminist painting. Then, it follows many of the artists and describes their focus on capturing the light of Nature in their landscapes. Many - even most - of the greatest Luminists were highly concerned with the Spiritual and trying to show God's Hand in the world through their paintings."--Amazon
Notes An exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Art, Feb. 10-June 15, 1980
Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 313-322
Subject Art, American -- Exhibitions.
Art, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Art, Modern -- 19th century -- United States -- Exhibitions.
Drawing -- United States -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Drawing, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Hudson River school of landscape painting -- Exhibitions.
Landscapes in art -- Exhibitions.
Landscape painting -- United States -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Landscape painting, American -- Exhibitions.
Landscape painting, American -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Luminism (Art) -- Exhibitions.
Photography, Artistic -- Exhibitions.
Genre/Form Exhibition catalogs.
Author Andrus, Lisa Fellows.
Wilmerding, John.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
LC no. 79024409
ISBN 0064389405