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The Luminist Tradition in American Art

Angela | October 19th, 2012 | Posted in News

What’s so important about an art movement that began, flourished, and ended in the nineteenth century? The fact that it continues to influence American art to this day! In an exciting new exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, See the Light: The Luminist Tradition in American Art traces the inspiration American artists have drawn from light. Martin Johnson Heade is included as a founder of the luminist movement in America, and an artist who sought spirituality and the sublime in the inner-glow emanating from his canvases. Interestingly, this exhibition has been organized to showcase a new acquisition by the museum of a painting by Mark Rothko, the mid-twentieth century abstract expressionist. Yet Crystal Bridges does a nice job of giving credit to those who came before, influenced the modern and contemporary artists in America, and created a tradition of light as a metaphor in American art. The exhibition runs through January 28th.

Martin Johnson Heade, Cherokee Roses in a Glass Vase, oil painting, still life

Martin Johnson Heade, “Cherokee Roses in a Glass Vase,” Courtesy Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York