noun, often capitalized
lu·​mi·​nism | \ ˈlü-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce luminism (audio) \

Definition of luminism

: 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

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luminist \ ˈlü-​mə-​nist How to pronounce luminist (audio) \ noun or adjective, often capitalized

First Known Use of luminism

circa 1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Luminism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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