lu·​mi·​nism ˈlü-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce luminism (audio)
often capitalized
: a theory or practice of realist landscape and seascape painting developed in the U.S. in the mid-19th century and concerned with the study and depiction of effects of light and atmosphere
luminist noun or adjective often capitalized

Examples of luminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Illuminated from behind by an electric light, the painting predicted both the sofa-sized luminism of Thomas Kinkade and the big-screen visual effects that still dazzle audiences today. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of luminism was circa 1974

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“Luminism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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