Luminism is a late-Impressionist or neo-Impressionist style in painting which devotes great attention to light effects.The term has been used for the style of the Belgian painters such as Emile Claus and Théo van Rysselberghe and their followers: Adrien-Joseph Heymans, Anna Boch, Évariste Carpentier, Guillaume Van Strydonck (French), Leon De Smet, Jenny Montigny, Anna De Weert, Georges Morren, Modest Huys, Georges Buysse, Marcel Jefferys (Dutch), Yvonne Serruys and Juliette Wystman (French), as well as for the early Pointillist work of the Dutch painters Jan Toorop, Leo Gestel, Jan Sluijters and Piet Mondriaan.
Luminism, late 19th-century painting style emphasizing a unique clarity of light. It was characteristic of the works of a group of independent American painters who were directly influenced by the Hudson River school of painting. The term, however, was not coined until 1954 by John Baur, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
The most important painters in the luminist style were John Frederick Kensett, Fitz Hugh Lane, and Martin Johnson Heade; the group also included George Tirrell, Henry Walton, and J.W. Hill. Paintings by the luminists are almost always landscapes or seascapes, particularly the latter, and are distinguished by a smooth, slick finish; cold, clear colours; and meticulously detailed objects, modeled by rays of light. In these paintings, the sky usually occupies about one-half of the composition, which is often in the format of a long rectangle. The works often show a geometric organization, with the edges of specific objects aligned parallel to the canvas edges.
Although it was not an organized movement, later landscapists such as George Loring Brown and Robert S. Duncanson adopted certain characteristics of the luminists and therefore are sometimes classified with them. Many untrained, or naive, painters, especially those of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were influenced by elements of luminism such as its hard linearism, depth, and clear modeling. /Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
Il Luminismo è una forma di Impressionismo o di neo-Impressionismo in pittura, che dà una importanza fondamentale alla luce ed ai suoi effetti.
Il termine fu creato per definire lo stile del pittore belga Émile Claus and Théo van Rysselberghe e degli artisti che ne seguirono le orme: Évariste Carpentier, Jenny Montigny, Anna de Weert, Georges Morren, Gustave De Smet, Frits van den Berghe, Didier Groffier, l'americano Fitz Henry Lane ed altri ancora.
Esso indica, peraltro, anche la forma che assunse il Divisionismo, e in particolare il Puntinismo, nei pittori olandesi come Jan Toorop, Jan Stuijters e Piet Mondrian.
In realtà le due forme pittoriche hanno poco in comune. L'opera di Émile Claus è molto vicina a quella dei grandi Impressionisti francesi, in particolare a Claude Monet, mentre il Luminismo olandese, caratterizzato dall'uso di una vasta gamma di tinte, è assai più vicino al Fauvismo.